Bombay Sapphire held its inaugural global competition in May 2012, in Morocco where the worthy winner - David Wolowidnyk, Canada - presented his Moroccan inspired cocktail "Beldi" which means natural. David was selected from thousands of contestants overall and eight finalists, he took part in a four-day experience, visiting the Moroccan home of one the Bombay Sapphire botanicals - coriander. The experience culminated with a cocktail competition where each bartender presented a bespoke imaginative cocktail - inspired by the cultural experiences they had experienced throughout the trip.
The competition was hosted by Bombay Sapphire Global Brand Ambassador Raj Nagra who commented: "By hand-selecting the most creative talent from behind the bar, the Bombay Sapphire World's Most Imaginative Bartender competition not only challenges them, but also aims to support them on their journey to becoming the most imaginative bartenders in the world. Just as the unique taste of Bombay Sapphire is inspired by the infusion of its 10 exotic botanicals, we look to inspire bartenders all over the world."