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THE MASLOW HOSTS WORLD CLASS 2015 BARTENDER ENTRANTS

South Africa’s finest mixologists, whose cocktail making skills will leave you breathless, will be among the bartenders fighting for the “best bartender in the world” slot at WORLD CLASS 2015. Representing South Africa, is the country’s number one bartender, Dom De Lorenzo.

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In a distinguished class of his own, and playing host to the 57 bartender entrants to WORLD CLASS 2015 from around the world, is Steven Saunders, 28, food and beverage manager at Sun International’s Maslow Hotel. Steven’s own bar tending skills are legendary. He can whip up a Margherita, crush a Mojito or pour a Manhattan with the finesse of an expert.

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The Mojito’s proportion of rum, sugar, lime juice and mint to sparkling water will be just right; the edge of your Margherita glass salted to perfection. Its what he does. Its what he loves doing best. Its what he’s best known for: the perfect cocktail. Steven began his career studying to be an engineer, and, to earn pocket money, he worked as a bartender in a small German bar.

“I realized that engineering was not for me. I preferred my time behind the bar, interacting with guests.”

– Food and Beverage Manager at Sun International’s Maslow Hotel, Steven Saunders

So he made the switch and began a hospitality management degree, winning top academic student title as well as top overall student in South Africa.

“My first love is, and always will be, bartending. My progress in the management of properties hasn’t changed that. Whenever I get the opportunity, I jump behind what has quickly become Sandton’s most popular bar, The Lacuna, and help out my bartenders.”

– Food and Beverage Manager at Sun International’s Maslow Hotel, Steven Saunders

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Steven’s work has seen him travel to 30 countries in Europe and eight in Africa. Steven adds that the chance to work at the luxurious urban sanctuary that is Sun International’s flagship hotel, The Maslow Hotel. For those wanting to sample Steven’s mixology skills at The Maslow’s Lacuna bar should do so, and who knows, you might just bump into one of the over 50 WORLD CLASS 2015 finalists from around the world!

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