Vancouver’s Chris Enns named Diageo World Class Canada Bartender of 2018

Botanist bartender Chris Enns, Diageo World Class Canada Bartender of the Year. Photo courtesy of Diageo World Class Canada

The Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Christopher Enns has become the fourth Vancouver bartender to win the prestigious Diageo World Class Canada competition since this country joined the global fray in 2013.

He now heads to Berlin, Germany, to represent Canada at the World Class Global Final Oct. 4 to 8, 2018.

Expectations will be even higher than usual. Not only is this the 10th anniversary of the biggest and most important cocktail competition on the planet, but another Vancouverite, Kaitlyn Stewart of Royal Dinette, won the global title last year, vanquishing 10,000 bartenders from 57 countries to do so.

So, you know, no pressure.

Luckily, Enns will have a strong Vancouver team behind him, including his Pac Rim colleague Grant Sceney, the hotel’s creative beverage director, who won World Class Canada in 2014, and Lauren Mote, who won the title in 2015 and has since gone on to become Diageo’s World Class Global Cocktailian.

In fact, Stewart, Sceney and Mote joined the other two World Class Canada winners, Shane Mulvany of Toronto and Jenner Cormier, formerly of Halifax, as judges at this year’s Canadian finals, which were held May 7 and 8 in Montreal.

If you want to stay on top of the action in Berlin, you can follow @WorldClassCa on Twitter, @WorldClassCanada on Instagram, use the hashtag #WorldClass or visit

—by Joanne Sasvari

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