Elise Godwin 2023 Winner

Three days. That’s how long it takes Elise Godwin to make the spiced tomato shrub she uses in her twist on a Paloma at Wild in the Street. It’s a testament to her approach, an insight into how deeply she commits. This is a bartender who has made wine, blended rum and shaken tins with the very best; someone who has taken cocktail competitions by storm and left an impression at some of the state’s finest venues. And in co-founding Ladies of Liquid and Larder Australia – an advocacy group for women in hospitality – she’s proven her commitment to the industry extends well beyond what’s in the glass. It’s a level of engagement worthy of a big ovation.