What an extraordinary bunch of talent from both Victoria and Tasmania that took the stage on Tuesday evening! Hosted at Glamorama, another 11 finalists took to the stage, in front of a live audience of nearly 200 industry folk, competing for that trip of a lifetime for two bartenders to head to the land of bourbon, Kentucky USA visiting the Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark distilleries and then heading across to Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.
During competition day the finalists were put through their paces to complete a blind tasting, a product knowledge test and then the live performance.
Winning the Apprentice Category — and first time on the competition stage — was Tim Pope from New Gold Mountain, and in the Professional Category was the one, the only, Gorge Camorra from The 18th Amendment Bar in Geelong.
Tim and Gorge will now progress to the Grand Final later in the year to compete with the other lucky finalists from each regional final.
Want to see all the finalists cocktail recipes Head to www.worldbartenderday.com.
QLD, NSW, you’re up next!
- QLD – Lefty’s Music Hall – March 26th
- NSW – Oxford Art Factory – 9th April (RSVP opening soon!)
Be sure to RSVP.
Bourbon, banter and bloody good times ahead!