As part of the Master Bar Academy (MBA), after providing trainings for different bartenders in Addis Ababa , Diageo picked Melketsadek Mitiku , from Radisson as the top bartender.
Thirty five bartenders were chosen to compete for the title of Master Bartender after completing the MBA 101 & 202 training. MBA is Africa’s largest bartending programme and is run by Diageo. The training programme to date, has taken place in more than 30 cities within Africa, and has trained over 14,000 bartenders.
To be a Top Master Bartender takes dedicated work, all trainees must complete three modules. The first module, titled MBA 101 is a one-day workshop which among others covers key topics on bartending like customer service, bartender secrets and responsible drinking. Each of the bartender trainees leaves the workshop with a manual and a link to a mobi-site, to complete the second module – MBA 202.
Once completed only the highest scoring twenty five bartenders are selected to go through to MBA 303, which is the last module. The 303 module consists of a full day of training where after several tests the final five are chosen.
The Master Bartender took home USD 1,000, an iPad loaded with exclusive cocktail apps and the title The Master Bartender of Addis Ababa. All the MBA 303 finalists received an MBA certificate together with exclusive MBA merchandise that includes a special cocktail kit.