The Australian Top 30 finalists in the PATRÓN Perfectionists Cocktail Competition have been announced and consumers can play a part in voting online to choose the country’s best bartender.
PATRÓN Perfectionists called upon mixologists from 20 countries across the five continents to submit a cocktail recipe that reflects their journey to find perfection behind the bar.
After careful assessment of each entry against the competition criteria of: flavour, appearance, inspiring & engaging and originality, the Top 30 finalists have been given the green light to move onto the consumer voting stage of the competition, which will see the Top 10 announced on July 23.
The Australian Top 30
Harrison Kenney – Cantina Ok!
Sion Roberts – Dead Ringer
Ross Appleby – The Swinging Cat
I Putu Dedik Suarjana – Bodhi Restaurant Bar
Kelham Waterfield – The Duke of Clarence
Pauric Kennedy – Barangaroo House
Minh Le – Loft Byron Bay
Ashley Miller – Blue Kahunas
Benjamin Walsh – The Duke of Clarence
Jacob Wicks – Sarino’s
Surekha Krishnan – Coda & Tonka Restaurants
Kristian Leombruni – Dessous
Corina Retter – Capitano
Ava Govanstone – Mjolner
Miriam Wahlhuetter – LOVER
Aiden Rodriquez – Eau de Vie
Tom Gibbs – Bar Clara
Grace Rawlins – Memphis Slims House of Blues
Thomas Sykes – Extra Chicken Salt
Matthew Blyth – Shotgun Willie’s
Talis Heggart – Memphis Slim’s House of Blues (above)
Nicholas Favaro – Bar Torino
Georgia Edmonds – Bank Street Social
Marcus Pascoe – Bank Street Social
Pravin Phuyal – Hot Tamale (above)
Niccolo’ Maffezzoni – The Trader Bar
David Brosnan – Savile Row
Rebecca Bayley – Cielo Rooftop
Liam Shephard – Bisou Bisou
Daniella Darakis – The Gresham
Bacardi-Martini Australia Brand Ambassador and 2017 PATRÓN Perfectionist finalist, Joseph Chisholm said: “This year’s competition entries have shown some of the strongest entries we’ve seen to-date. The tremulous year that has been has fueled creativity and innovation that is truly outstanding. It really re-affirms what an impressive hospitality scene we have here in Australia.”
Consumers will be able to experience contender’s cocktails first-hand with creations available in the Australian Top 30 bars from June 24. Consumers will then have just under one month to cast their votes, with consumer voting finishing up at 10am AEST on Friday, July 23. QR codes on menus in bars will make consumer voting easy, allowing cocktail enthusiasts to have their say.
Matt Sykes, Global Commercial Execution for PATRÓN and founder of the PATRÓN Perfectionists Cocktail Competition, said: “This is an incredibly exciting year for the PATRÓN Perfectionists competition and I’m glad that we’ve been able to adapt with this new format. Consumers have a great appreciation for cocktail making and this offers them a new way to get involved and show their appreciation and support for great cocktails. To give consumers a chance to vote for their local Top 30 is another first for us and we can’t wait to see which cocktails and bartenders have resonated at home.”
The Top 10 mixologists per country will then take part in a national final, judged by a panel of four global experts. The Australian winner will be flown to Jalisco, Mexico in January 2022 to compete against the other national finalists in the global final at Hacienda PATRÓN, with one talented bartender being named PATRÓN Perfectionist 2021.
For updates, follow the progress of the competition on Facebook and PATRONPerfectionists.com or to vote go
to Patron Perfectionists.
Pictured main: 2020 global winner Giulia Cuccurullo