On Monday night, the fifth Regional Final for The Perfect Blend competition was held in Brisbane at Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, revealing the winners from the Apprentice and Professional category.
An array of awe-inspiring talent took to the stage to present their signature creations in front of a packed house… 14 finalists to be exact!
Seven bartenders competed in the Apprentice Category and seven bartenders competed in the Professional Category, with each showing off their skills and sharing their interpretation of the submission brief presented last year in September 2018 upon entry of The Perfect Blend. They had to choose one of two briefs:
- Minimal Waste …. Maximum Taste
- That Moment In Time….
After strong performances by each competitor the time of the night came for the announcements of who will proceed to the grand final.
Who were the winners? In the Apprentice Category, Savannah Williams-Piper from The Boom Boom Room took out the top prize, while Joey Chisholm — also from The Boom Boom Room — took out the top prize in the Professional Category.
Savannah and Joey will now progress to the Grand Final next month, to be held in Bali, where they will go head to head and compete with the other lucky finalists from each Regional Final.
The finalists competed for that trip of a lifetime for two bartenders to head to the home of bourbon, Kentucky USA visiting the Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark distilleries and then heading across to the big Apple to the Brooklyn Bar Convent in New York.
We have one Regional Final left — NSW, be sure to RSVP to your upcoming event at www.the-blend.com.au. The NSW Regional Final takes place at Oxford Art Factory on the 8th of April.
Want to see all the finalists cocktail recipes? Head to www.worldbartenderday.com.
Bourbon, banter and bloody good times ahead!