Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Competition Phase 1 Finalists 2017

On National Rum Day today, Chairman’s Reserve Australia is announcing the top 15 bartenders who have qualified to go through to the second round of the Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Competition.

Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Competition

For Phase 1, bartenders were tasked with creating their best classic Mai Tai cocktail using Chairman’s Reserve Rum, putting it on their bar’s menu and promoting it on social media.

The 15 finalists of Phase 1 of the Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Competition are (in alphabetical order):

  1. Sam Dennett – Cheddr, Bella Vista
  2. Dion Ferrario – Donny’s Bar, Manly
  3. Lachlan Gunner – Della Hyde, Darlinghurst
  4. Andey Hardwick – So-Cal, Neutral Bay
  5. Craig Kerrison – The Botanist, Kirribilli
  6. Ilan Levy – Del Punto, Randwick
  7. Brayden Lew – Doris and Beryl’s, Newtown
  8. Mark Lovett – The Cuban Place, CBD
  9. Ciaran McCool – The Wild Rover, Surry Hills
  10. Aaron Michael – The Forgotten Cask, Waterloo
  11. Dan O’Leary – The Dock, Redfern
  12. Oliver Payne – Bondi Hardware
  13. Davy Pickard – Della Hyde, Darlinghurst
  14. Freddy Rayfield – The Wild Rover, Surry Hills
  15. Lachy Sturrock – So-Cal, Neutral Bay

The next phase of the competition will see bartenders create their own signature cocktail inspired by the Mai Tai Tiki Classic using Chairman’s Reserve Rum. The cocktails will be available at their respective bars and promoted on social media. Five finalists will then be selected to compete in the grand final which will be held at The Forgotten Cask Bar in Sydney on Monday 9 October 2017. The winner will be crowned the Mai Tai Chairman for Australia.

Photo Credit – @flashbarecelona @chairmansmaitaispana Used with permission.

Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Competition Phase 1 Finalists 2017 was last modified: August 16th, 2017 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.