Appleton Estate Rum Australian Bartender Challenge Final 2012

The Appleton Estate Rum Australian Bartender Challenge Final 2012 was held at Luxe Studios in Darlinghurst, a venue that was transformed into a Jamaican Tiki haven.

Appleton Estate Rum Australian Bartender Challenge
Appleton Estate Rum Australian Bartender Challenge Final

Six finalists from each Australian state competed for the title, with each bartender creating a Tiki drink and an Australian inspired cocktail at their own bar. Invited guests contributed to the vote by tasting the cocktails and voting for their favourite.

Appleton Estate Rum Australian Bartender Challenge
*L-R: Andy Garwood, Jamie Chesher, Daniele Pirotta, Erika Heynatz, Sam Egerton, Darren Leaney and Kenny Soetomo

The finalists were Sam Egerton of Felix (NSW,) Darren Leaney of Grace the Establishment (SA), Andy Garwood of Manhattan Wine Bar (TAS), Kenny Soetomo of The Brisbane Hotel (WA), Jamie Chesher of EDV Melbourne (VIC) and Daniele Pirotta of The Envy Hotel (QLD).

Appleton Estate Rum Australian Bartender Challenge
*L-R: Stuart Reeves, Danielle Barrett, Allan McCormack, Erika Heynatz, Johnny Croft and Alex Zabotto-Bentley

The bartender competition was judged by Allan McCormack (Rum Company New Zealand), Stuart Reeves (Brand Ambassador for Brown Forman), Johnny Croft (Brown Forman), Danielle Barrett (Brown Forman), Alex Zabotto Bentley (AZBcreative) and David Spanton (Spanton Media).

Appleton Estate Rum Australian Bartender Challenge
Jamie Chesher, Winner

Jamie Chesher of EDV Melbourne took out the first prize which will see him travel to Jamaica to compete in the world finals. His winning creation was the Neck-Breaker cocktail, a blend of Appleton Estate Extra 12 Year Old with Appleton Estate Reserve 8 Year Old, flavoured with walnut, ruby grapefruit, Demerara and chocolate, a tribute to the premium rum’s heritage.

Appleton Estate Rum Australian Bartender Challenge
Sam Egerton, Runner Up

Runner up was Sam Egerton (NSW) followed by Daniele Pirotta (QLD) and Kenny Soetomo (WA).

Appleton Estate Rum Australian Bartender Challenge
Tim Phibs

Tasty food was provided by Chef Stuart McGill and the mobile food truck, Eat Art Truck which included beef brisket sliders with Caribbean spices, gourmet tofu burgers with chilli sauce and Appleton Estate Rum inspired desserts. Renowned street artist Tim Phibs (Eat Art Truck, myPlates, Jack’s Hive) painted a live canvas for the Appleton Estate event which was hosted by Erika Heynatz and created by AZBcreative.

Congratulations to Jamie Chesher on his win. He’ll be competing in the global finals in October to be held in Jamaica.

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The Appleton Estate Rum Australian Bartender Challenge Final 2012 was held on Tuesday 10 July 2012 at Luxe Studios in Darlinghurst. Gourmantic attended as media guests.

* Photo credit: Esteban La Tessa

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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, 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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