Earlier this year, Patrón Tequila embarked on a pursuit of perfection for the search of Australia’s Patrón Perfectionist for 2017. Attracting admissions for an exceptionally high calibre of venues, the top 18 entries from across Australia competed at their respective regional heats in order to progress to the National Finals.
The 2017 Patrón Perfectionists competition in its second year in Australia is a global competition whereby Patrón Tequila searches through eighteen countries tasting cocktails created by thousands of bartenders displaying their cocktail knowledge and craft using the world’s finest ultra premium Patrón tequilas.
The National finals will be held at Whitehart Container Bar, located in the heart of the city in Whitehart Lane, Melbourne on Saturday, 14th October. The six ‘Perfectionists’ bartenders will battle it out in front of an expert panel of judges that will decide the winning cocktail on appearance, originality, service and most importantly flavour.
The judging panel will consist of Chief Marketing Officer of Patrón Spirits International, Lee Applbaum, Global Mezcal Ambassador and tequila expert, Phil Bayly and Editor in Chief of GQ Australia, Nick Smith.
Lee Applbaum, Chief Marketing Officer, Patrón Spirits International comments on the competition: “We are proud to see the competition return on this scale, bringing new, up-and-coming talent to the bar with fresh ideas on what it takes to be a Patrón Perfectionist. The bartender community is a global community, brought together by a common pursuit for pure excellence in crafting drinks and delivering an experience for their guests. This year, as ever, the bar is raised and we are excited to discover mixologists who experiment with the flavour profiles and versatility of Patrón Tequila and who understand and share our values.”
Congratulations to the talented six bartenders who will be competing in the National Finals on Saturday, 14th October 2017:
• Holly Ingram, Molly, ACT – Pollen and Funk
• Harry Saunders, The Lobo Plantation, NSW – Imperial Essence
• Joseph Chisholm, Seymour’s Cocktails and Oysters, QLD – The Humble Bee
• Giovanni Moschen, Caffé e Cucina, VIC – The Calabaza en Tacha
• Lloyd Smith, Clarences, WA – Earth + Smoke
• David Robinson, Hot Tamale, NT – The Last Frontier
Announced on the night of the National Finals, the winner of the Australian Finals will head to Mexico for the semi-finals on 17th January 2018 and if successful will go through to the global final on Thursday 18th January 2018.