BEHIND THE SCENES
Photos: Past T25 Bartenders Australia
DRINKS WORLD’S T25 BARTENDERS
Drinks World’s Top 25 Bartenders is back for 2018, recognising and celebrating the efforts of Australia’s leading bartenders, tin rattlers and drinks slingers! The craft of bartending in Australia just gets better every year; our bartenders continue to astound the world with their knowledge, technique, execution and delivery in everyday service and global cocktail competitions. Now in its third year locally, Drinks World’s T25 continues to grow and evolve into an important element of the ongoing acknowledgement of excellence in the field of bartending. What is (or should we say, who are) the T25? Ensuring credibility and reliability, because as you know we’re very serious here at Drinks World, the T25 are selected from a two-stage process. In the first stage, a panel of industry experts is invited to vote for the Top 100 bartenders across the country. As Chairman of Judges, I reached out to my trusted colleagues and advisors in the liquor industry to weigh in on the lay of the land, telling me the names of the leading bartenders. This year, the panel comprised 50 industry experts to ensure the net was cast wide enough. Nearly 1,000 nominations were received, creating a 200-plus strong list of bartenders, which was shortened to the Top 100, based on those with the most votes. Once we raised a glass in celebration of these outstanding men and women, we asked each to get back down to business and conduct a peer on peer vote based on who they think are killing it right now. Over an evening of Negronis, we counted up the votes and sat in awe of the new T25 before us. In 2018, we see some fresh faces making it into the T25, as well as some former bartending luminaries moving on to work as consultants, bar owners and ambassadors. There is always a changing of the guard in bartending as we enjoy our time in the limelight and are then eager to pass the torch to the next person for their chance to shine.
BEN DAVIDSON Drinks Curator