The GBC 2010 Finals were held on Saturday 18 September 2010 at the Harbord Diggers Club Sydney. 1st place went to Sydney’s Alex Stathis. She was the runner up of GBC Australasian 2009 and is the partner of the GBC Australasian 2008 Habib – good pedigree! Alex’s latte art performance was quite special, she hand crafted four solid wax cups in which she poured her latte art and then floated them on a bed of water. Amazing aesthetics.
2nd place went to Sydney’s Jonny Pisanelli (below left). Jonny was recently placed 6th at the World Tasters championship. 3rd place went to Erin Sampson (below right). Erin was Australia’s 2009 Latte art champion who placed third at the World’s the same year.
Whilst Hong Kong Grand Barista Champion, El Au, didn’t finish in the top three, his speed, smoothness and efficiency was super and his latte art was very nice. In addition to El having to compete against the above three seasoned competitors, El was also up against the brother of Jesse Hyde (2009 Australasian GBC) and the Thailand 2010 Grand Barista Champion trained by the Thailand WBC champion. Very, very stiff competition indeed. But all this didn’t faze El, he moved through his routine quickly and smoothly with a great latte art result.