Competition to Clermont winners announced! Two members of The Scholarship Program by The Blend have just won a once in a lifetime trip!

Competition to Clermont was an incentive run as part of this year’s The Scholarship Program, by The Blend. The prize that was up for grabs (for lucky two Scholars!) is a once in a lifetime experience!

An all-expenses trip to the home of Bourbon, Kentucky to dance the night away to MUSE- live from the distillery grounds at the global Jim Beam Welcome Session! (Whoa that’s a mouthful, but we didn’t want to spare any details!)

In its 2nd year, The Scholarship program is designed for hospitality professionals, no matter their level of experience.

It is a program for hospitality professionals to further develop themselves personally and in their career. In venue, behind the bar and beyond!

So who won Competition to Clermont…?  Drum roll please….


Winner: Ana Mitchell, 18th Amendment

Runner Up: Michael Jury, Shady Pines Saloon


Winner: Gorge Camorra, 18th Amendment

Runner Up: Grace Rawlins, Memphis Slims House of Blues

Both Ana and Gorge will be departing in early October to join other global winners for The Welcome Session at the Jim Beam distillery. But that’s not all, while in Kentucky they will also be heading to Maker’s Mark for some distillery education sessions too.

The runner ups will be experiencing a VIP Barweek package including flights, accommodation and attending The Scholars reunion event and the Bar Awards!

We would like to take a moment to congratulate all our winners and a HUGE thankyou to all those that participated in the Competition to Clermont incentive this year. To see their entries, and submissions you can Follow theblendAU IG for just how each of our Scholars were involved and learn how to make their tasty drinks!

Not a member of The Blend, or want to know more on The Scholarship program:

If you’re new to the industry, The Scholarship will teach you the fundamentals of hospitality. If you’re moving up the ranks, you’ll learn modern bartending techniques from local and global mentors. And if you want to push yourself to the next level, you’ll pick up knowledge and skills beyond the bar so you can drive the industry forward.

The 2022 program has educational workshops, masterclasses, brand immersive experiences, invites to exclusive events as well as the chance to WIN a trip to Kentucky, the home of Bourbon to visit the Jim Beam Distillery and Maker’s Mark.

The Scholarship is a program setting up hospitality professionals for their future. That combination of ‘hospo’ skill and knowledge gained beyond the bar is exactly what The Scholarship from The Blend is all about.

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