|Nielsen Braid making 'My High Tea' at the Time Out Shake Down|
You see the week gone by was no ordinary week for folk in the bar-tendering/cocktailian clique - last week hosted the Australian final for the Diageo's World Class program - a global bartending comp that's building some serious street cred on the global highway. This gruelling final was played out over three days - and I was lucky enough to be invited to judge.
|L-R: Ben, Nielsen, Lee, Matteo and Max at The Time Out Shake Down|
After a late night feast and dominoes match at Waterloo Street's new El Capo 'Latin street food' restaurant to 'debrief' (read enjoying a couple of $11 El Dorado 15 year old rums) - I called it a night. Slipping tipsily into slumber I dreamed of the potions that would be await me over the following days (seriously I dream about cocktails - messed up eh?).
|The World Class Australia finalists at Rockpool|
|Krystal's Ice luge did some damage at Gastro Park|
After working our way through 20 expertly prepared and thought-out creations we dusted our brains, revived our corpses and moseyed on down to George Street's Rockpool for the evening event. This in my mind was the most challenging aspect of the competition and whilst I did have some favourites from the evening like Dr Phil's pomegranate, gin and sherry number, having tried only five of the drinks on offer at this event it was way to hard to make a call on who might be nudging ahead.
The third and final day of my cocktail judging bender saw me judge the speed and taste round held at Victorian Room. The contestants were given a few minutes to acquaint themselves with the bar before being given an order of five drinks to knock out lickety split. This round really saw Tim Philip's from ivy's Level 6 stand-out for his slick, tidy and lightening quick performance. And while all this was going on another set of judges were testing the the competitors' knowledge of classic cocktails to put the finalists through there final set of paces before determining the winner.
|Dr Phil, Tim and Macro. And yes that trophy does weigh more that Tim.|
Tim will now go take on the world in New Delhi. Best of luck mate!
This post has blown out of proportion significantly, but for further reading on the World Class Australia and other stories related to this post visit:
- drinktheshitoutofit Go here for Philips's own musings on the event
- Everyday Drinking An account of the week from fellow soused judge Ben Shipley
- World Class Australia Facebook Page to express some World Class love
- Time Out Sydney Facebook Page for more Shake Down pics and updates