Cantina OK!’s Harrison Kenney crowned winner at 2022 Patrón Perfectionists cocktail competition

Harrison Kenney of Sydney’s Cantina OK! has been crowned winner at the 2022 Patrón Perfectionists cocktail competition global final at Hacienda Patrón in Jalisco, Mexico.

Kenney’s cocktail Teal was chosen by a panel of judges that included Patrón master distiller David Rodrigue and head bartender at Artesian, London, and Patrón Perfectionists 2020 global winner Giulia Cuccurullo, ahead of creations from 14 other competitors.

“It’s an overwhelming feeling to be receiving this title among a crowd of such incredible bartenders and humans,” said Kenney.

“I feel honoured to be here at Hacienda Patrón where I have had the chance to meet inspiring mentors and make lifelong friends.

“The Patrón Perfectionists has truly been the best journey and I cannot wait to extend it into the year to come by embracing new experiences and learnings with the Familia Patrón.”

With over 1700 entries worldwide, each participating country selected 30 top recipes which were then shortlisted to 10 national finalists in an online poll that attracted over 30,000 votes.

While national finalists were hosted and broadcasted virtually, the 15 global finalists convened on Hacienda Patrón in Atotonilco El Alto, Jalisco, Mexico to compete.

"This year, we elevated the competition to new, creative heights with a digital format that embraced changes to the drinks industry,” said Lauren Mote, global manager of program excellence for Patrón tequila.

“We were delighted by the participants’ ability to communicate their personal stories alongside their stunning Patrón cocktails.

“Once again, the Patrón Perfectionists Program is a testament to how a cocktail competition is fun and helps develop each bartender's skillset beyond the glass.

“We are extremely proud of all the participants, and our warmest congratulations go to the global winner Harrison Kenney from Australia.

“Harrison dazzled the crowd and judges with his incredible storytelling, comedic flair and delicious cocktails.”