Introducing Perth’s top bartenders for 2019.
Perth’s top bartenders for 2019 have been revealed, with 11 of Australia’s top 100 found in WA as part of a national search.
Diageo WORLD CLASS, the drinks industry’s most respected international bartending competition, has announced its Top 100 Australian Bartenders for 2019.
The shortlist includes eleven names from Perth, demonstrating the quality of Perth’s bar industry and the outstanding young talent leading the charge.
Diageo World Class Top Perth Bartenders featuring in the 100 Australian Bartenders for 2019 include:
- Brocc Rogers, Bar Lafayette
- Dean Buchanan, Long Chim
- Elise Godwin, Strange Company
- James Pennefather, Tinys
- Joshua Cullinane, Long Chim
- Kaden Pool, Long Chim
- Mark White, Mechanics’ Institute
- Matt Bodycote, The Peach Pit
- Max Giudice, Tinys
- Murray Walsh, Mechanics Institute
- Tim Colston, Bar Lafayette
Now in its 11th year, the WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year competition challenges bartenders across the nation to submit their cocktail creations using spirits from Diageo’s reserve portfolio; Ketel One Vodka, Tanqueray No. 10 Gin and Talisker 10-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky. Entrants are encouraged to exhibit creativity, innovation and expertise as they battle it out to become the nation’s best bartender and represent Australia in the global finals held in Glasgow later this year.
Since its launch in 2009, WORLD CLASS has been instrumental in transforming fine drinking and cocktail culture around the world.
It has supported, educated and inspired more than 300,000 bartenders through its training and advocacy program. The competition has grown to 60 countries, with more than 10,000 bartenders entering each year.
Championed by a mentor team of Diageo Reserve Brand Ambassadors, the impressive Australian competition is recognised as one of the best in the world, producing two global champions – Tim Phillips (2012) and Orlando Marzo (2018) – in the past decade.
Last year’s winner, Marzo, from Melbourne’s acclaimed Lûmé restaurant, is experiencing an exciting and inspiring year following his award win in October – travelling the world as a Diageo representative, making bespoke drinks in far-flung locations and judging competitions across the globe, including the Australian Bartender of the Year.
Speaking of his win, Marzo commented: “WORLD CLASS encourages us bartenders from across the nation and globally to come together and push the boundaries of creativity and innovation in our craft, defying what is possible. It has become such an important competition for me personally, and the industry, as it provides the ultimate opportunity to learn from and inspire each other.”
Krystal Hart, Australia’s WORLD CLASS Ambassador, added: “Each year we are blown away and inspired by the entries for the competition, and this year has been no exception. We’re looking forward to entering the second phase of the contest, where we’ll be selecting the top 20 participants and continuing to explore the remarkable ways Australia’s bartenders have identified to use Diageo’s reserve brands to create cocktails that are truly special.”
For the next stage, World Class will challenge the bartender’s ability to host and perform under pressure, whilst executing the winning cocktail which secured them their place in the Top 100.
The Top 20 will then be announced 31 May 2019 before the finals are held on 7 – 9 July 2019 to determine the WORLD CLASS top Australian bartender for 2019
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