The NSW and QLD state finals for the Patrón Perfectionist Cocktail Competition have wrapped up, with two winners from each state moving on to the National Final in Melbourne on October 14.
For NSW (inc. ACT), Harry Saunders of Sydney’s Lobo Plantation and Holly Ingram of Canberra’s Molly took out the accolades. Harry impressed the judges with his Imperial Essence cocktail, honing in on subtle flavours, while Holly’s Pollen and Funk got the nod, with its smooth and strong flavour notes edging out the competition.
The NSW State Heat was judged by a panel featuring Martin Barret from Time Out, Agave Cartel founder and bartender Reece Griffiths, along with Patrón Brand Manager, Laura Thompson.
On the victory, Harry said, “I wanted to make a cocktail that makes drinking tequila easy for people that think they don’t like tequila. I am really passionate about changing this perception and Patrón has been a product that I have had a lot of respect for my entire career.”
The Queensland State Final held in Brisbane, saw Seymour’s Joseph Chisholm and Giovanni Moschen from Victoria’s Caffe e Cucina move onto the National Final. The Queensland judging panel featured Director of Barport, Glenn Morgan, SouthTrade’s Nicole Reid, Managing Editor of The Weekend Edition, Chrisanthi Demos and Founder of WhiskyBravoFoxtro, Sholto McNeilage.
Joseph’s inventive presentation, featuring a beekeeping outfit, paid homage to the Patrón symbol, his cocktail entitled The Humble Bee, using honey to bring a natural sweet element to the drinks. Giovanni’s cocktail, The Calabaza en Tacha offered a flavour that was inspired by pumpkin gnocchi, an ode to his heritage.
The competition is now in its third year and has cemented its place amongst the top bartenders in the industry, challenging them with creativity and originality in creating a cocktail worthy of a perfectionist.
The winner of the National Final in October will head to the Global Finals at Hacienda Patrón in Mexico in 2018, to vie for the title of Global Perfectionist.