Diageo has announced the top 100 finalists for the upcoming World Class Competition in Sydney.

Bartenders from iconic venues including Maybe Sammy, Cantina OK!, Foxtrot Unicorn and Nomad have all made the cut and will participate in a challenge inspired by the concept of aperitivo hour.

The Singleton Deli Plus Two will see participants create a cocktail using the Scotch whisky and just two other ingredients, with five winners moving on to the next round.

“We’ve been blown away by the quality and skill of this year’s entrants to date,” says World Class Ambassador Krystal Hart.

“As we enter the competition’s second phase, we’re looking for the top five bartenders to stand out by demonstrating imaginative and show-stopping creations.”

The top five will compete in a final round in July which will determine the 2022 Diageo World Class Australian Bartender of the Year.

Top 100:

New South Wales
Alex Gondzioulis, The Rover
Behzad Vaziri, The Star
Elisa Rodgrigues, Paloma Wine Bar
Hunter Gregory, Maybe Sammy
Matthew Dale, RE
Ryan Bickley, Cantina OK
Siôn Roberts, RE
Storm Evans, Cantina OK
Sanghyun Park, Will’s
Wen Wang, Maybe Sammy
Albert Rust, Eileen’s Bar – Four Pillars
Andrew McCorquodale, Charlie Parker’s
Beaux Donelan, Charlie Parker’s
Ashley Miller, Blue Kahunas
Ben Hardy, Bar Planet
Brianna Aboud, Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern
Chloe Natterer, The Lobo
Claudio Bedini, Sammy Junior
Daniel Hilton, The Lobo
Eduardo Conde, NO 92 GPR
Dominic Causley-Todd, Dead Ringer
Emma Bernardi, Bar Planet
Eoin Kenny, Long Chim
Hamish Mitchell, Charlie Parker’s
Harrison Kenney, Bar Planet
Helen Yu, The Lobo
James Russell, Apollonia
Jenna Hemsworth, The Gidley
Koby Harris, Dean and Nancy on 22
Krisztian Csigo, Dean and Nancy on 22
Sara Rinaldo, Dean and Nancy on 22
Sarah Proietti, Maybe Sammy
Judith Zhu, KittyHawk
Kalisha Glover, Apollonia
Kat Scibiorski, Long Chim
Kate Gale-Re, The Gidley
Michal Wowak, The Gidley
Kiaran Bryant, Earl’s Juke Joint
Liam Gavin, Door Knock
Marco Rosati, Grain Bar
Samuel McWilliams, The Lobo
Thomas Opie, Births and Deaths

Dino Francia, Rosella’s Bar
Jack Connor, Rosella’s Bar
Aidan Perkins, Agnes Restaurant
Daniella Darakis, The Gresham
Edward Quartermass, Maker
Ellery Low, Maker
Jamie Fleming, Alba Bar & Deli
Jenny Wang, Sono Japanese Restaurant
Joe Steadman, Alba Bar & Deli
Kate Bartlett, Cobbler Bar
Liam Murphy, Frogs Hollow Saloon
Liam Shepherd, Bar Brutus
Martin McConnell, Frogs Hollow Saloon
Peter Hollands, Frogs Hollow Saloon

Rachel Mynczywor, Rude Boy
Rohan Massie, Rude Boy
Jack Turner, Void Bar at Mona
Mateo Ortiz, The Den Salamanca
West Australia
Dyllan Balm, Foxtrot Unicorn
Max Guidice, Republic of Fremantle
Nicola Herbert, Foxtrot Unicorn
Shirley Yeung, Foxtrot Unicorn
Samuel Cocks, Bar Rogue
South Australia
Al Simmons, Maybe Mae
Alfonso Lizana, Maybe Mae
Anabel Rowe, Long Story Short
Georgia Edmonds, Maybe Mae
Grace Rawlins, Memphis Slim’s House of Blues
Jack Somers, Memphis Slim’s House of Blues
Talis Heggart, Memphis Slim’s House of Blues
Michael Keogh, Memphis Slim’s House of Blues
Lachlan Gunner, Long Story Short
Oscar Butler, Maybe Mae

Aiden Rodriquez, EDV Melbourne
Alejandro Archibald, NOMAD Melbourne
Kane Smith, Nick and Nora’s Melbourne
Darren Leaney, Aru
Cameron Parish, Gimlet
Elisabetta Luppi, LUI Bar
Francesca Camilli, Beneath Driver’s Lane
James Armstrong, The Cloakroom Bar
Josephe Kourmouzis, Above Board
Julien Wurtlin, LUI Bar
Kayla Saito, Black Pearl
Nicola Dean, Black Pearl
Max Allison, Good Measure
Miriam Wahlhütter, LOVER
Nick Tesar, Bar Liberty
Olivia Devlin, Capitano
Tioni Naslund, LUI Bar
Taylor Matthews, Frederic
Tom McHugh, Hazel Restaurant

Northern Territory
Anneliese Grazioli, Hanky Panky Lounge
Katerina Kosta, Hanky Panky Lounge
Matt Zarimis, Smoke and Oak Darwin

Cameron Abercrombie, Zaab Street Food
Jack Sandeman, Zaab Street Food
Liv Kelly, Bar Rochford