Beating stiff competition at the final of Monkey Shoulder’s Ultimate Bartender Championship
Last night, The Dead Parrot from Horsham were awarded the coveted title of Monkey Shoulder’s Ultimate Bartender Champions.
After six months of battling it out against some of the most talented bartenders from across the UK, The Dead Parrot impressed the public and industry experts alike with their professionalism and total commitment to making the final a night to remember.
Guests were immersed into the full circus experience, from a high striker and a candy floss machine to winning your cocktail through hook a duck. The Dead Parrot really pulled out all the stops for the final and left no cocktail glass unturned! The team served up a crowd pleasing and creative menu of cocktails, including the Bearded Lady, Hook a Buck and Tin Can Alley and secured over 489 votes.
London Cocktail Week
As part of the winner’s prize, The Dead Parrot will now run their own bar at London Cocktail Week from the 5-11th October 2015, which will be promoted and stocked by Monkey Shoulder. They will also get to keep all the takings made during the week which totalled over £12,000 for the 2014 winners.
The competition was designed for bartenders to work as a team to create an unforgettable experience for customers. It considered speed of service, cocktail quality, hosting ability, setting an atmosphere and ability to stock-take efficiently.
Adam Manning from The Dead Parrot said “We are over the moon to be crowned Monkey Shoulder’s Ultimate Bartenders! The whole championship from start to finish was incredible and every team in the final was equally matched with some great ideas – a really tough one to call. As well as creating some killer cocktails, we also wanted everyone to have fun and I can safely say I think we achieved that. To sum it up all I can say is that The Flying Circus is for everyone.”
The Dead Parrot wins a hard fought competition
The Dead Parrot beat Bristol team Stirred Down and Brown and 21st Re-amendment from Newcastle, who did their best to impress the crowd in a cocktail showdown spectacular. With only 37 votes between first and third place, it was neck and neck right until the very end.
Grant Neave, Monkey Shoulder’s UK brand am-badass-ador said “The Ultimate Bartender Championship is all about getting bartenders to work as a team in order to create and deliver great cocktails in a fun environment. We were impressed with the skills, creativity and most of all the fun that The Dead Parrot brought to the final. We wanted to support the next generation of bartenders and the pop-up at London Cocktail Week will showcase the idea that we deem to be representative of the future.”