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Bar Skills Competition

Bar Skills Competition

The TUCO Bar Competition was launched in 2015 and showcased some exceptional bar talent.

Working against the clock, entrants will be asked to prepare:

  • A sharing drink for four people
  • Signature cocktail
  • 90-second cocktail
  • The Time Challenge: Making as many gin & tonics in one minute - a head to head challenge

For the first three rounds you will have a fixed time to serve the drinks to the judges. You will be expected to treat the judges as you would a group of guests in your workplace.


Competitors will be required to wear a microphone and tell the audience and judges what you are preparing.

The competition will take place across Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March.

 

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Competition Rules

Sharing Drink

  • You may use a serving vessel of your choice
  • It should serve a inimum of four people
  • You may not use any homemade ingredients
  • Maximum 125ml of alcoholic ingredient may be used

Signature Cocktail

  • You will be asked to prepare two servings of a cocktail of your choice, containing no more than 50ml of alcohol per cocktail
  • You may bring your own garnish
  • Competitors are not limited to an ingredients list, but no homemade ingredients may be used

90-second Cocktail

  • Must contain at least four ingredients
  • You may bring your own garnish
  • You must prepare 2 servings of the same cocktail
  • The cocktail must be shaken

Timing

  • Each of the above rounds has a five-minute time limit (total of 15 minutes)
  • You will be advised of the time at three minutes and at four minutes.
  • Once your five minutes have elapsed you will have 30 seconds to complete your tasks

Other notes

  • Competitors are required to bring all glassware that you will require
  • Cubed and crushed ice will be provided
  • All bar kit, ingredients and garnishes must be brought with you
  • Cocktail recipes must be received by 18 March 2019. These recipes may not be tweaked after submitting.  Submit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • There will be a preparation/practice area available to use before your time slot
  • Competitors will give a brief commentary to the judges and audience as you create your drinks
  • As the competition will be held on an elevated stage, a runner will take your completed drinks down to the judges, so you can remain at the bar station throughout your competing time

 

Preparing for the Competition
Marketing submissions are an important part of the competition. The judges will be looking for examples of sampling done with customers etc.

Examples to include;

  • Are you able to supply sales data of your signature serve?
  • What was the feedback from paying guests?
  • Is there a social media presence of your drinks
  • Can you provide evidence of marketing done by you or your institution for this serve?
  • If you could change anything, either in marketing or the production of your drink, what would it be?
  • Why did you choose to create the signature drink you did?
  • Did you do any research before creating your signature serve?

 

Scoring

Sharing Drink

  • 1st place = 10 points
  • 2nd place = 8 points
  • 3rd place = 5 points

 

Signature Cocktail

  • Drink Taste - 30 points
  • Bartender’s knowledge - 20 points
  • Bartending technique - 30 points
  • Cleanliness – 20 points

 

Beer/Cider Cocktail

  • Drink Taste - 30 points
  • Bartender’s knowledge - 20 points
  • Bartending technique - 30 points
  • Cleanliness – 20 points

 

Please note elements of your entry may be printed in the magazine and other promotional materials.

If you have any queries regarding your entry or booking please call the TUCO Competitions team on 0344 571 8208 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are now closed for entries.

 

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