Michito Kaneko from Japan was crowned world’s best bartender at the gala final of the Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year 2015 held in Cape Town, South Africa. “When I heard my name, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing – I was in total shock,” said Michito after the announcement. “I’m very happy to have won. This is definitely a turning point in my life. I can’t wait to tell my wife and family. But I must remember that even though I am the WORLD CLASS champion, I must stay humble and true to myself and what I love.” As WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year, Michito will be become an overnight celebrity and have the opportunity to travel the world as a global brand ambassador for WORLD CLASS. In addition, as part of a recently announced partnership between luxury resort group One&Only and Diageo Reserve, Michito also wins a trip to the One&Only Palmilla resort in Los Cabos, Mexico.