What do four of Australia’s top bartenders have in common?
They all mix their drinks at Brookfield Place Perth and they’re the only bartenders from WA to be named in Australia’s top 100 cocktail makers in one of the world’s most respected international bartending competitions, contested by 44 countries.
The World Class Australia top 100 were recently announced by alcoholic beverage company, Diageo Reserve in their search to find the world’s best bartender.
Brookfield Place Perth congratulates James Pennefather and Joshua Wedd from Bobeche, Sarah Proietti from Print Hall and David ‘Xander’ Stucken from Bar Lafayette on being named in Australia’s top 100.
Each bartender had to enter a unique cocktail that either set the starting tone for their patrons’ night out or finished their evening off in style.
Brookfield Place Perth Precinct Manager, Ben Davis said the WA quartet faced stiff competition to make Australia’s final 100 list.
“There was a record breaking number of Australian entries in 2017, so to have four bartenders from Brookfield Place in the final 100, and to be the only WA entries to get through, makes it a truly outstanding achievement,” said Mr Davis.
Bobeche bartender Josh Wedd grew up surrounded by the good food and fine wine in Margaret River and now draws on his passion for gastronomy and flavour to inspire his cocktail designs, while colleague James Penefather mixes cocktails that keep the guest interested, without being pretentious and always with a sense of fun.
Print Hall’s Sarah Proietti left a successful bartending career in Milan three years ago, with the dream of creating cocktails down under. She draws inspiration for her creations from moments, places and songs.
Xander Stucken is head-bartender at Bar Lafayette and second-time qualifier for World Class. He builds his drinks from the base up, rebuilding components to create a better end product.
Mr Davis said the four bartenders from Brookfield Place Perth are now preparing for the next round of the competition, which will determine the top 25.
“They again need to create a unique cocktail, which is required to be served at their venue for the duration of the competition. This means people in Perth will be able to judge their entries for themselves next time they visit the precinct.”
Mr Davis said the top 25 go through to the global competition.