The Perfect Blend Finalists Announced!


The wait is over, The Blend are thrilled to announce the state finalists for the inaugural The Perfect Blend Cocktail Competition in 2016!

Over spring 2015, The Blend invited their members to enter the inaugural The Perfect Blend Cocktail Competition by creating a new, imaginative and great tasting cocktail using a minimum 45mls from the diverse and whisk(e)y powerhouse that is the Beam Suntory portfolio.

Over the last few weeks, The Blend team have been working overtime to narrow down over 300 entries received from bartender’s from all corners of Australia. After a grueling blind judging process, the following exceptional finalists have been selected from each state.



Apprentice: Mason Terrett; Ric Divola; Rohan Fisher; Luke Williams; Matthew Follent.
Professional: Ben Cashmore; Dominique Cacioli; Nick Cozens; Drew Nicol; Daniel Blake.

New South Wales

Apprentice: Taylor Ferney; Andreas Nielsen; Dale Schoon; Michiel Carteus; Gemma Duff; Semi M’zoughi.
Professional: Kate McGraw; Toby Hiscox; Hugo Mccloskey; Alex Grossett; Joe Worthington; Alissa Gabriel.


Apprentice: Ella Rhodes; Adam Stewart; Samuel Geddes; Tony Huang; Elliot Pascoe.
Professional: Ethan Hertz; Jeremy Adams; Rinna Kato; Perryn Collier; Christopher Denman; Hugh Taylor.

South Australia

Apprentice: Nick Focareta; Scott Van Manen; Jasmine Pardo; Julian Veld.
Professional: Thomas Egan; Michael Keogh; Ollie Margan; Dion Fiddler; Luke Fleming.

Western Australia

Apprentice: Shannon Hennessy; Ben Waters; Josh Nicholson; James Pennefather; Claudia Morgan; Brendan Robson.
Professional: Jessica Page; Chris Ford; Leighton Smith; Brendan Bartley; Tom Kearney; James Connolly.

Kicking off in February 2016, The Blend will be touring this great country of ours, hosting five state final events to select a winner from the Apprentice and Professional categories, all of whom will be vying for their chance to win a monstrous $10,000 as well as the ultimate fantasy-turned-reality, visiting a Beam Suntory distillery where they will receive the honor of working alongside a Master Distiller to create their very own Bartender’s Blend.

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