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T25 Bartender of the Year

The industry’s best bartending talent converged on Sydney for the T25 party at Marble Bar this week.

Congratulations to Alex Boon from Mjølner in Melbourne on winning T25 Bartender of the Year for 2019.

It’s been a huge year for Boon who was also crowned Diageo World Class Australian winner for 2019 and travelled to Scotland last month to compete against 55 other nations for the title of Diageo World Class Global Bartender of the Year.

Voting for the 2019 T25 Bartender Awards started in April as 20 of the most respected industry professionals, including educators, trainers, brand ambassadors and venue operators, nominated 100 bartenders into T100 list. Over the next couple of months, based on strict voting criteria, bartenders voted to bring the number down to 25.

The top 25 bartenders presented their drinks on October 14, giving their best bar banter a run across a five-hour period starting at 6pm, resulting in the No.1 bartender being announced to the crowd at 10:30pm.

Industry legend Alex Ross was the master of ceremonies for the evening and said: “So many talented bartenders come together for these awards to celebrate our industry and of course… it’s always brave to put a Ross behind the mic.”

Talent from across Australia were represented with bartenders flying in from every state and territory, a first for the awards.

Alex Boon wins T25 Bartender 2019

Boon’s winning drink was the Nusa Banana featuring Nusa Caña, pineapple and anise hyssop verjus and banana honey.

The Top 25 Bartenders are:

Alex Boon – Mjolner, VIC

Alex “Happy” Gilmour – Tio’s, NSW

Andrea Gualdi – Maybe Sammy, NSW

Anneliese Grazioli – Hot Tamale, NT

Antonello Arzedi – Scout, NSW

Daniel Gregory – Evolve Spirits Bar, TAS

Darren Leaney – Capitano Carlton, VIC

David Robertson – Hot Tamale, NT

Dean Buchanan – Long Chim, WA

Elliot Pascoe – Finney Isle, QLD

Emma Crisp – El Grotto, WA

Evan Stroeve – Bulletin Place, NSW

Hayden Lambert – Above Board, VIC

Jenna Hemsworth – Swillhouse Group, NSW

Jessica Arnott – Tiny’s Liquor Emporium, WA

Joseph Chisholm – The Boom Boom Room, QLD

Joseph Sinagra – Halford Bar, WA

Kayla Grigoriou – Bar Torino, SA

Michael Chiem, PS40, NSW

Millie Tang – The Gresham, QLD

Nick Corletto – Maybe Mae, SA

Nick Tesar – Bar Liberty, VIC

Ollie Margan – Maybe Mae, SA

Shay Chamberlain – Black Pearl, VIC

Tom Kearney – Panama Social, WA

Marble Bar, Hilton hotel, Sydney. 14 October 2019

Here are some photographs from the event by Steve Woodburn: