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01 June 2016

Diageo World Class South East Asia Finals 2016: Meet our Malaysian Representatives!

The Diageo World Class Malaysia 2016 took place recently (2-3 May, to be exact) at the KL Journal.

After 2 days & 4 grueling challenges later, 4 local bartenders were chosen to represent Malaysia in the Southeast Asian World Class Finals 2016 - happening right now in Bali.

Meet the 4 Malaysian representatives for the Diageo World Class South East Asia Finals 2016: (L tp R:) Joel John Timmis, Osmund Bernard, Jeffri Sulaiman & Boy Labib

I've googled and googled but couldn't find much info about our heroes. Which is why I've decided to put on my spy glasses, hunt them down, pose them a few questions, then get their background out here so that they have some form of a digital footprint on the interweb.


Boy Labib (Tate, The Intermark)

Malaysia Diageo World Class 2016

Hailing from Pahang, this shy ex-barista of 6 years probably wouldn't have ventured into bartending if it wasn't for a chance job opening with the Big Group. He hopped on board the drinks slinging ship and never looked back. Boy has been slinging drinks with Tate for about 5 years now.

Malaysia Diageo World Class 2016
Boy's Bees Knees, Tanqueray G&T, Hibiscus Spank & Uluwathu Sunset.

Jeffri Sulaiman (Enfin by James Won)

Malaysia Diageo World Class 2016

Jeffri knew he was passionate about the F&B industry at the tender age of 15. This Klang boy went on to pursue his hospitality degree, majoring in Culinary (against his parents' wishes to pursue engineering!) before officially starting off his career in TGI Fridays. He has been with Ten Japanese Fine Dining, then worked towards becoming Big Group's beverage operations manager, before currently settling down at Enfin by James Won as the resident beverage manager.

Malaysia Diageo World Class 2016
Jeffri's The Happle, Pick Me Up and Fly Me to Miami and his 6 speed challenge cocktails.

Osmund Bernard (Ikki, TREC KL)

Malaysia Diageo World Class 2016

Armed with a Mechanical Engineering degree, this Sabahan lad moved from KK to KL in search of a job. While job hunting, he casually worked behind a bar for a couple of months to make ends meet. Those 2 months of dabbling behind the bar stretched into 7 years! This self-professed "Drinks Engineer" has worked across the entire Soul Society Group (Souled Out, WiP, 7ateNine now Tujo, Sky Lounge) & is currently residing at Ikki Bar as their Head Bartender / Beverage Manager.

Malaysia Diageo World Class 2016
Osmund's Sunny Honey, Bali Dreams, Tanqueray GnT and Last Word.

Joel John Timis (Sparrow, Kota Damansara)

Malaysia Diageo World Class 2016

Joel started off his bartending career in 2008. Having worked in Skybar (Trader's Hotel), Elixir Bar and Arthur's Bar (Shangri-La), he went on to become the pioneer team (and then later, head mixologist) of View Rooftop Bar @ GTower. This Sabahan has bagged umpteen local, regional & even international accolades in the past 8 years of his colorful bartending career.

Malaysia Diageo World Class 2016

Joel's Miami Fizz, Bali Club & his 6 speed challenge cocktails.

Boy Labib, Jeffri Sulaiman, Osmund Bernard & Joel John Timmis are currently competing alongside participants from Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand & Vietnam. 

Today (2 June 2016), one of them will be chosen (there will be 1 rept from each country) to represent Malaysia at the Global Finals in Miami this coming September.

So come on boys, show the world what you're made of! Go #TeamMalaysia! 

Majulah Sukan Untuk Negara!

All photos courtesy of MHDM.


3.6.2016 Update :........  And it's Osmund!!! Congratulations!!!! Make us proud in Miami!