The past week has seen 45 bartenders put through their paces at the annual Smirnoff Black Copper Cup Semi Finals. Held across Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, this year's educational component was hosted by Agusti Vidal; a freelance perfume consultant from Spain.
After the success of the Behind Bars Trivia in 2008, you'll be pleased to hear that it's making a return in 2010 - bigger, badder and better than ever! In conjunction with Diageo's Alchemy, trivia heats will be hosted around the country, culminating with a final in September in Sydney during Sydney BarShow Week.
The World Class Vodka Martini Award winners have been chosen, with Pierre Fajloun taking out first place in the award. The creation which scored him the number one spot, "The Whale", was named after the windmill that adorns the Nolet family's distillery in Holland. Pierre and a colleague will be rewarded on a Ketel One trip to Singapore in April with 18 other industry members.
The Smirnoff Black Copper Cup Semi Finalists have been announced from almost 200 cocktail entries received. 45 Bartenders will go head to head in March in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney for one of only ten spots to the Copper Cup Final to be held at an ever secret location. Last year's final saw 10 bartenders jet-set to Thai to compete for top honours.
The World Class bartending competition is well under way once more with The Ketel One Vodka Awards having recently closed entries. Judging is in progress to find out who the next three Australian World Class National Finalists will be to join Jason Williams from Melbourne's Galley Room who secured his place in the Australian Final on the Reserve World Class stand at Sydney BarShow in September.
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All the best footage from the Bartender Magazine Inaugural Most Influential List Party held at Melbourne's Match Bar & Grill on December 8th. Watch as drinks are whipped up by some of the best bartenders in town and the country's most influential get their party on!