Australian World Class Finalists Announced!

Reece Griffiths (Victoria Room, Sydney) took out the Dark Spirits Awards to find a spot in World Class Australia's Top 10

With the completion of the third and final component of the Australian leg of Reserve’s year long World Class program 10 finalists have been announced to compete for a spot to take on 24 of the world’s best bartenders. The final is set to be held next Tuesday in Sydney.

World Class Dark Spirits Experience

The final round of Australia’s World Class competition for this year has finished in a close run for the final spots in the World Class Australia National Final. Bartenders from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane were asked to create a drinking experience around Reserve Dark Spirits portfolio with some exceptional results.  Reece Griffiths of Sydney’s The Victoria Room took out the number one spot with a Talisker single malt Scotch experience highlighting three of the  major flavour components of the whisky in three separate drinks.

Reece used different heats to alter the viscosity, texture and flavour profile of the whisky with some added sensory elements to enhance each.  He will be rewarded with a place in the World Class Australian National Final and be invited to the Victorian Snow Country for a unique whisky experience along with guests from 10 other venues participating in the World Class program.


The Top 10

Australia’s World Class National Finalists have now been chosen. The Top 10 will now go head to head in a series of bartending challenges to find our national representative for the global World Class challenge in Athens in July.

The bartender that comes out on top will then compete against 24 other nations for a chance at the glory; and the opportunity to create their own cocktail book for global distribution.

Last year Melbourne’s Adi Ruiz came third in the  global World Class competition he’s made in back in Australia’s Top 10 again to see if he can go one better. Check back here next week for the final results!

The Top 10 are:

  • Jason Williams, The Galley Room, Melbourne
  • Pierre Fajloun, Ivy, Sydney
  • Ryan Lewis, Siana, Brisbane
  • Petr Dvoracek, Lotus, Sydney
  • Jan Liska, Zeta, Sydney
  • Adam Brewer, Sling, Brisbane
  • Elle Wormald, Eau-De-Vie, Sydney
  • Reece Griffiths, The Victoria Room, Sydney
  • Adi Ruiz, Black Pearl, Melbourne
  • Lee Potter Cavanagh, The Victoria Room, Sydney

Visit for information on the global World Class program.

  1. Lots of Sydney finalists…they have bartenders back in Sydney now?? Congrats to all. Good Luck.

  2. A great comp for the past two days, a very hard comp to judge! It was taken out by Adam Brewer from Sling Lounge in Brisbane with Adi from Black Pearl Melbourne coming second and Jason Williams from the Galley Room in Melbourne coming third. Good luck to Adam in representing Australia on the world stage in Greece against 23 other countries.

  3. Once again,well done to my Son Adam.
    Have a ball, smell the rose’s,best of all make us proud &
    bring it on home world class

  4. I have to say ‘big-ups’ to Lizzy for being -without doubt- the proudest, and most embarrassing mum in Aus. Love you Lizzy, wish my mum was as proud as you!!!

    Adam, sunday roasts at your mums for L.I.F.E!!

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