Back for its 11th year Diageo WORLD CLASS has announced its top 20 bartenders for 2019. The finalists were narrowed down from 100 who were all vying for their chance to compete at the national final in July this year.
This year’s competition bartenders were required to create a cocktail using spirits from Diageo’s reserve portfolio – Ketel One Vodka, Tanqueray No. 10 Gin and Talisker 10-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky. The cocktail then had to be featured on their venues menu and was judged on quality, presentation, service and how they promoted the cocktail to their clientele.
The top 20 bartenders will now compete on the 7 – 9 July 2019 in Sydney, before the winner represents Australia at the global final in Glasgow later this year.
Diageo WORLD CLASS Top 20 Australian Bartenders for 2019 include:
Alex Boon – Mjølner, Melbourne
Alex Gondzioulis – Bulletin Place, Sydney
Antonello Arzedi – Scout, Sydney
Darren Leaney – Capitano, Melbourne
Dean Buchanan – Long Chim, Perth
Ellery Low – Maker, Brisbane
Elliot Pascoe – Death & Taxes, Brisbane
Evan Stroeve – Bulletin Place, Sydney
Joseph Chisholm – Boom Boom Room, Brisbane
Joshua Reynolds – Scout, Sydney
Jim Sauerbier – Boilermaker House, Melbourne
Kaden Pool – Long Chim, Perth
Kayla Grigoriou – Bar Torino, Adelaide
Lachlan Gunner – Grandma’s, Sydney
Mark White – Mechanics’ Institute, Perth
Nick Tesar – Bar Liberty, Melbourne
Rohan Massie – Rude Boy, Hobart
Samuel Tripet – Death & Taxes, Brisbane
Stefano Canova – Eau de Vie, Melbourne
Wei Christine Lam – Employees Only, Sydney
Krystal Hart, Australia’s WORLD CLASS Ambassador, added: “WORLD CLASS is a phenomenal cocktail competition that each year reaffirms just how impressive our bar industry is. The challenges are designed to not only test how the bartenders use the reserve brands to experiment with flavour and balance, but also how they showcase their personality and story behind their serve. Our Top 20 fought a fierce competition, proving to be inspiring and innovative cocktail leaders, and we cannot wait to see what they have in store for the Australian finals next month”.