Yoshi Onishi wins the NSW Suntory Cup state final to join the Cocktail Connoisseurs at the national final in Sydney later this year!
In the closing chapter of the State finals Yoshi Onishi was crowned NSW Suntory Cup state final winner 2014 with his Repeat after me creation, scoring himself not only a shot at the top prize but bragging rights and a selection of spirits from the Suntory portfolio. In close second was Jonothan Carr from Mojo Record Bar with his Turning Japanese creation and Marco Oshiro Giron from Black by Ezard with A Japanese artisan, A Carthusian Monk, A sommelier walk into a bar being awarded 3rd place. Jono and Marco both scored themselves selections from the extensive Suntory portfolio.
Winner: Yoshi Onishi
Cocktail: Repeat after Me
Venue: Stitch Bar
2nd Place: Jonathan Carr
Cocktail: Turning Japanese
Venue: Mojo Record Bar
3rd Place: Marco Oshiro Giron
Cocktail: A Japanese Artisan, a Carthusian Monk, and a sommelier walk into a bar
Venue: Black by Ezard
This year Suntory Cup NSW was hosted at The Loft, Darling Harbour, where guests were came in by the droves (Just shy of 300 to be exact!) to support the finalist’s battle it out for the chance to win a trip of a life time to Japan with $1000 spending money.
To get to this point, competitors were tasked back in April with creating an original cocktail using a minimum of 45mls from Suntory’s ever-diverse portfolio and submitting it online at www.clubsuntory.com. Judges then blind tasted the 633 individual entries, assessing the appearance, taste and aroma, without knowledge of the entrant’s name or place of work, making for a truly level playing field where the best-tasting drinks are those chosen.
Winners from each state have been chosen from VIC, WA, QLD, SA and NSW to contest the national final consumer event in Sydney, Cocktail Connoisseur, and a chance to win the top prize of the ultimate bartender’s fantasy trip to Japan visiting cocktail bars and distilleries with $1000 spending money!
Want to try the winning recipe for yourself?
Yoshi Onishi’ Repeat After Me
Glass: Coupette Glass
Garnish: Pink Grapefruit Zest
Method: Stir and Strain into an Absinthe rinsed glass
30ml Russian Standard Gold Vodka
10ml Remy Martin VSOP
10ml Amaro Montenegro
10ml Carpano Antica Formula
10ml Finsbury Platinum
Rinse Pernod Absinthe
Our full complement of competitors for the NSW Suntory Cup 2014:
Justin Southam, Pirate Hook, Reviver Bar
Evan Brown, Spanish Inquisitor, Embers Bar
Yoshi Onishi, Repeat After Me, Stitch
Marco Oshiro Giron, A Japanese Artisan, a Carthusian monk, a sommelier walk into a bar… Black by Ezard
Yoshi Onishi, Repeat After Me, Stitch Bar