Bartenders from around the world have arrived in Sydney for the global semi-final and final of this year’s Bacardi Legacy competition.
The 34 competitors have all won national heats, including UK representative Ally Martin (pictured) of Peg + Patriot bar in east London with his cocktail, the Young Cuban.
Their visit is already under way, with two days of seminars, bar tours and hospitality on Wednesday and Thursday this week before the completion begins with the semi-finals on Friday and Saturday.
After six rounds of semi-finals, the finalists will be announced for the grand final that takes place on Sunday May 3 at Sydney Town Hall.
The judges in the grand final include Ago Perrone, head bartender at The Connaught Bar at London’s Connaught Hotel, and British bartender Tom Walker who won the global Bacardi Legacy competition last year. Formerly at The American Bar at London’s Savoy, he now works at Attaboy in New York City.
For details of Ally Martin winning the UK competition and his cocktail, click here.
Full list of competitors
Argentina: Ezequiel Rodriguez of Victoria Brown Bar, Buenos Aires
Australia: Alissa Gabriel of Manhattan Line, Brisbane
Austria: Kenny Klein of Maniac Bar Artists
Belarus: Lizaveta Molyavka of New Project, Minsk
Canada: Mike Shum of Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver
China: Faye Chen of Speak Low, Shanghai
Czech Republic: Miloš Danihelka of L’Fleur Bar, Prague
Denmark: Jonas B Andersen of Strøm Bar, Copenhagen
Estonia: Regeri Zoo of Meat Market Cocktail Bar, Tartu
Finland: Mauricio Allende of Grotesk Bar, Helsinki
France: Frank Dedieu of Redwood, Lyon
Germany: Jürgen Wiese of Goldene Bar, Munich
Greece: Xaris Darras of Mr Peacock, Chalandri Athens
Hong Kong: Devender Sehgal of Otto e Mezzo Bombana
India: Navneet Kumar of ITC Grand Bharat, Manesar
Ireland: Karim Mehdi of SABA, Dublin
Israel: Omer Gazit Shalev of 223 Cocktail Bar, Tel Aviv
Italy: Federico Tomasselli of Barnum, Rome
Latvia: Juris Kenins of Mute, Riga
Lebanon: Jad Ballout of Central Station, Beirut
Lithuania: Algirdas Mulevicius of Trinity, Vilnius
Mexico: Alberto Riesler of Grupo Fisher’s, Mexico City
New Zealand: Barney Toy of Revelry Bar, Auckland
Norway: Mathias Bengt Alsenalissa of Brooms & Hatchets, Oslo
Poland: Karim Bibars of Pergamin Bar, Krakow
Russia: Dmitriy Chupyra of Ruby Wine Bar, Novosibirsk
Singapore: Chua Zhibin Peter of 28 HongKong Street
South Africa: Denzel Heath of Thirst, Cape Town
Spain: Jaime Añon of Terraza Sojo Palace, Córdoba
Sweden: Emil Åreng of Open/Closed, Umeå
Switzerland: Simon Brandmayer of Onyx Bar, Zurich
UK: Ally Martin of Peg + Patriot, London
United Arab Emirates: Eric Ballard of Provocateur, Dubai
USA: Ran Duan of The Baldwin Bar at Sichuan Garden, Woburn, Massachussetts