Australia's Best Bartender!

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25 September

The 2010 Australian Bartender Magazine Bartender of the Year Competition (sponsored by Club Suntory) brought out the best of Australian bartending talent in a competition that tested their knowledge of the back-bar with a gruelling written exam, their ability to serve a customer, their savvy at identifying the ingredients in a cocktail in a blind tasting and their skill at presenting and creating two signature cocktails to a panel of esteemed critics.
To say it’s nerve-wracking doesn’t quite do it justice. The comp started back in March when we called on bars from around Australia to dob in their best bartenders. Votes flooded in and nearly 100 bartenders came to The Argyle in The Rocks on Monday, 20 September to sit a gruelling written exam covering everything from the ingredients of classic cocktails like the Florodora to the production process of Tequila.
Congratulations to the following who made it to the top three after two days of intense competition. They were:
WINNER – Jason Williams, The Galley Room, Melbourne
2nd place – Chris Denman, X&Y, Brisbane
3rd place – Adam Brewer, Cloudland, Brisbane


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