World Class Australia 2012 Winner

The winner of the World Class Australia competition for 2012 was announced last night at a soirée held at the Roosevelt Cocktail Bar and Restaurant.

Ten finalists competed in five challenges over three days for the coveted title including the Cocktail and Food Pairing at Sokyo.

Before announcing the winner, Sven Almenning, Owner Behind Bars/Speakeasy Group, spoke for his passion for the competition and described it as the vehicle to lift bartenders into the serious realms that chefs enjoy today.

Tim Philips
Tim Philips

Congratulations to Tim Philips from Hemmesphere in NSW on winning World Class Australia 2012. He will be going to Rio to compete in the World Class global finals in July.

World Class Australia
L-R: Angus Burton, Tim Philips, Philip Gandevia

Congratulations also go to Angus Burton and Philip Gandevia, second and third runners up respectively.

For a photo gallery of the event, visit Gourmantic on Facebook.

Update – Dec 2012: Tim D Philips has since opened his new bar, Bulletin Place in Sydney.

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.