Enter 2022-23
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Patrón Perfectionists 2022-23

Words by Simon Difford

Patrón Perfectionists is back for its 2022-23 Edition and entries are now open. As in previous years, Perfectionists will culminate at the much-coveted global final experience at Hacienda Patrón, Jalisco, Mexico, in March 2023. However, the program has exploded in stature to massively broaden its reach and what it contributes to the bartending profession beyond being just a competition.

1. Brand-new education program

Patrón tequila has extended its long-standing commitment to inspire and support bartenders in growing their skillset with the launch of Academia Patrón Perfectionists. This new bartender education and engagement program now sits at the heart of Patrón Perfectionists.

From 1st September to 7th October 2022, bartenders are invited to attend Academia Patrón Perfectionists, comprising three virtual sessions and workshops hosted by leading personalities from the hospitality industry, alongside other educational initiatives hosted locally. Focusing on flavours, ingredients, techniques, and topical trends in the tequila category and in mixology, these Academia Patrón Perfectionists modules support professional growth as well as the preparation for the Patrón Perfectionists competition entry.

2. Hometown Hero entry challenge

The first stage of Patrón Perfectionists, called Hometown Hero, challenges bartenders to develop their own cocktail recipe comprising: maximum of five ingredients, including Patrón Silver tequila, one local ingredient to reference the bartender's local culture and all other ingredients from the prescribed Pantry list.

These Hometown Hero entry submissions will be judged on appeal, appearance, inspiration, and originality. Enter at academiapatronperfectionists .com before entries close on 7th October 2022. Luck favours the prepared! Be sure to benefit from the Academia Patrón Perfectionists modules. Don't leave it to the last minute!

3. National judging and finals

Judges in each of the 19 participating countries will assess the Hometown Hero cocktail creations to shortlist up to 10 bartenders to compete in national finals to be held throughout November and December.

These national finals will engage bartenders across a variety of topics and challenges with the bartenders' cumulative scores across the challenges determining each national winner.

A special Wild Card Entry will also be selected by a global judge from the contestants competing in the national finals. All national winners and the Wild Card winner will go on to the global finals held at Hacienda Patrón in March 2023.

4. Global final

So many competitions say the experience of taking part in the final is once in a lifetime experience and opportunity. Hacienda Patrón is best described as a private 6-star hotel opposite one of the world's most impressive and artisanal distilleries. Competitors will experience unrivalled hospitality and as well as competing, will experience every aspect of tequila making from Jalisco's agave fields through each stage of crafting Patrón tequila. Having judged two finals and experienced this hospitality first-hand I can vouch for what an outstanding experience these finals and a stay at Hacienda Patrón is.

During these global finals, bartenders will undertake a new series of challenges, testing each part of a bartender's skillset. Patrón Perfectionists is so much more than just creating an outstanding cocktail.

Enter NOW!

Patrón Perfectionists is open for entries between 00:00 GMT on 1st September 2022 and 23:59 GMT on 7th October 2022 via the entry portal www.academiapatron.com/patronperfectionists.

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