Do you have what it takes to be crowned Australia’s Bartender of the Year? Well it’s time to step up to the plate because the Bartender Magazine Bartender of the Year Competition is coming around once more. For years this comp has been building a reputation as one of the most challenging bartending event in Australia, testing all facets of the bartending craft to ensure that our winner is worthy of the title. Nominations are now open online so start your campaign to get included amongst the best barkeeps in Oz (click here).
Last year’s comp saw hundreds of nominations cut down to just over 120 finalists. The calibre was as high as we’ve ever seen with no fewer than seven Top 10 veterans making the final again at Sydney BarShow 09. But as Connor MacLeod in the Highlander said: “There can be only one”. It was first time finalist and the comparatively inexperienced Chris Hysted from Fitzroy’s Black Pearl who came out on top (though by waving a shaker and bar spoon as opposed to a sword) by streaking ahead in the final round thanks to his steady nerves and charismatic presence on stage.
Putting on an event of this standard obviously requires a dedicated sponsor and it is a pleasure for Bartender magazine to announce that Club Suntory will be continuing their support of the bartending community by coming on board as the official sponsor for the 2010 Bartender Magazine Bartender of the Year Competition once more. Year after year this has been a great partnership as Club Suntory don’t just offer financial support and use of their extensive portfolio of fine products, but roll up their sleeves and get stuck-in to help make this event everything it should be. Cheers team! We look forward to working with again this year.
1st prize for the Bartender Magazine Bartender of the Year Competition this year is a return trip for two to Bali staying in a luxury villa (Rumah Reposado)for a week plus a complementary dinner for two at Ku De Ta, Bali’s Best Restaurant & Bar!