Beluga Signature 2019

Beluga Signature is an exclusive Beluga vodka educational platform for bartenders. In this year’s edition, Beluga Signature 2019, the challenge is set among the bartenders of 7 countries – UK, Germany, France, Russia, Spain, Italy, and India and the 7 finalists will represent their home countries in the Global Final.

It is a multi-stage program which includes masterclasses and creative challenges which are targeted at development of various skills that are vital for a modern bartender and success in highly competitive bar industry. The highlight of the Beluga Signature 2019 is to prove that perfection is CREATED, NOT MADE. #creatednotmade



The Beluga Signature 2019 began by welcoming online applications from bartenders in India with the fulfilment of a creative task to “reinvent a classic vodka cocktail by adding a local touch”. After receiving more than 120 entries, 32 participants pan India have been shortlisted who are going to be a part of the educational Stage 2, Beluga Signature Bartender School where further on the basis of a spontaneous creative task, 10 finalists shall be selected for the Stage 3 – the Country Final of Beluga Signature 2019.


The 32 shortlisted participants selected for the Stage 2 are –

  1. Ankur Rawat from Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru
  2. Arati Mestry from Byg Brewski, Bengaluru
  3. Biswanath Debnath from Embassy Boulevard Club, Bengaluru
  4. Shreyas Shetty from Kaze Bar & Kitchen, Bengaluru
  5. Harish K from The Oberoi, Bengaluru
  6. Vedant Mehra from Bootlegger, Bengaluru
  7. Ganesh Rao Boyinipally from Farzi Cafe, Hyderabad
  8. Roni Paul from Park Hyatt, Hyderabad
  9. Jaydeep Singh from Town Hall, Delhi
  10. Manish Kumar from Taj Palace, Delhi
  11. Navjot Singh from Novele, Delhi
  12. Sanchayan Jana from LIV Bar, Delhi
  13. Deepak Sharma from The Leela Palace, Delhi
  14. Himanshu Chaudhary from Toy Room, Delhi
  15. Rahul Kumar from The Oberoi, Gurgaon
  16. Sanjay Belwal from Whisky Samba, Gurgaon
  17. Sumit Sangria from Marriott Resort & Spa, Goa
  18. Akshay Bhole, Mariott Suites, Pune
  19. Devanand Gajadhane from Hotel Conrad, Pune
  20. Shubham Marke from Arth, Pune
  21. Arbar Pansare from Sahara Star, Mumbai
  22. Abhishek Gamare from Slink & Bardot, Mumbai
  23. Ajinkya Kamble, ThirstyCity 127, Mumbai
  24. Kiran Ganji, The Bandra Project by Pizza Express, Mumbai
  25. Meet Modi from The Bombay Canteen, Mumbai
  26. Mudasir Javer from Bastian, Mumbai
  27. Umang Kochhar from Foo, Mumbai
  28. Salwyn Fernandes, from Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai
  29. Sharath Nair, from Ministry of Crab, Mumbai
  30. Shreyash Patel, from Qualia, Mumbai
  31. Sujan Shetty, from O Pedro, Mumbai
  32. Yathish Bangera from Koko, Mumbai


Stage 2 – Beluga Signature Bartender School is a one day educational pop up scheduled on 15th April 2019 at Sofitel, Mumbai which unites with experts and industry leaders in the passion to what we do and desire to share the knowledge with crème de la crème of bartending community under the supervision of Beluga Signature Bartender School Educational Director Philip Duff. The theme of the Beluga Signature Bartender School is “how to deliver luxury to guests” & the key speakers for the pop up are –

  1. Philip Duff (Educational Director of Beluga Signature Bartender School)
  2. Marian Beke  (The Gibson)
  3. Alessandro Venturi (Beluga Signature 2019 Ambassador- Winner of the 2018 Program)


Following the Beluga Signature Bartender School, 10 National finalists will be selected who will compete against each other in the Country Final. The winner in the Country Final of Beluga Signature 2019 shall represent India in the Global Final and guest bartend in India with his winning serve.

The Global final is scheduled on 9th September 2019 in Moscow, Russia where 7 bartenders from 7 countries will compete against each other to win the title of BELUGA SIGNATURE BARTENDER PROGRAM AMBASSADOR 2020 and a chance to represent Beluga at Bar Convent Berlin, Germany (October 2019), Bar Convent Brazil (June 2020) and Tales of the Cocktail, USA (July 2020). Besides, the winner will be granted a 1-week internship at one of the 50 World’s Best Bars upon the winners choice.



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