World Bar Chat Championships: World Cocktail Week, theloft

The inaugural World Bar Chat Championships took place at theloft in Sydney with eight of Australia’s top bartenders competing against each other to see who can make the best chat during a set time while making drinks using Ketel One Vodka and Fernet-Branca.

World Bar Chat Championships
World Bar Chat Championships

Part of the Keystone Group’s World Cocktail Week celebration, the premier event packed an eager crowd of trade and media cheering on their favourite bartenders. Jason Williams, Group Cocktail Manager, welcomed the guests and handed over to Jason Crawley (MC) who hosted an entertaining evening of hilarity and humour mixed with bartender antics.

Round One:
Ben Tua (Mint/Air Perth) vs Barry Chalmers (The Roosevelt) – Winner: Barry Chalmers
Chris Hysted (Black Pearl) vs Luke Redington (Eau de Vie) – Winner: Luke Redington
Blake Head vs Mitchell “Ono” Bushell (Corner House) – Winner: Mitchell Bushell
Ben Brodie (theloft) vs Sean Baxter (EDV Melbourne) – Winner: Sean Baxter

Round Two:
Mitchell Bushell vs Barry Chalmers – Winner: Mitchell Bushell
Sean Baxter vs Luke Redington – Winner: Sean Baxter

World Bar Chat Championships
Barry Chalmers and Ben Tua

World Bar Chat Championships
Luke Redington 

World Bar Chat Championships
The team L-R: Jason Crawley (MC), Blake Head, Chris Hysted, Mitch Bushell, Barry Chalmers, Sean Baxter, Ben Tua, Luke Redington (front), Ben Brodie (not in photo)

The final round saw Mitchell Bushell and Sean Baxter fighting for a top spot with an allocated five minutes on stage while making six drinks with Sean Baxter taking the coveted title.

World Bar Chat Championships
Winner: Sean Baxter

World Bar Chat Championships
L-R: Yuzu Kamikaze, Yankee Gin Smash (signature drink for World Cocktail Week 2012)

Guests enjoyed Yuzu Kamikaze cocktail on arrival, with the Yankee Gin Smash, the signature drink for World Cocktail Week 2012 available throughout the evening.

Yuzu Kamikaze Yankee Gin Smash
40ml Ketel One Citroen
10ml Yuzu Juice
10ml Cointreau
10ml Yellow Chartreuse
1 Dash Orange BittersMethod:
Shake and fine strain  into a chilled cocktail glass.
45ml Tanqueray No. 10
15ml Honey Syrup
Small handful of dried cranberries
3 Lemon Wedges
8 Mint LeavesMethod:
Muddle the dried cranberries with honey and lemon.
Add Tanqueray No. 10 and mint then shake well with ice.
Fine strain into a chilled tall glass and fill with crushed ice.
Garnish with cranberries, mint and a lemon wedge.

World Bar Chat Championships was held at theloft on May 6, 2012. Full photo gallery on the Gourmantic Facebook page.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

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