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Top bartenders to compete for the Winchester Cup

PUBLISHED: 09:43 02 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:43 02 February 2016

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On Monday 1 February, five of the region’s most imaginative and skilled bartenders will compete to win the first ever Winchester Cup trophy for their bar or restaurant.

The competition opened for entries at the beginning of December and bartenders based within a 55-mile radius of Winchester were invited to submit details online of a cocktail they had created to champion local produce.

The following bartenders have been invited to the Guildhall Winchester to make their cocktail live in front of an audience, local hospitality professionals and a panel of judges:

• Chris Hoare (Milk Bar, Reading) making ‘Dark Sails’ using dandelion coffee made locally by his mother

• Maurizio Anders Laudato (Chewton Glen Hotel, New Forest) making ‘New Forest’s Nest’ with locally sourced ingredients including estate-foraged quince jelly

• Andy Gallagher (Chewton Glen Hotel, New Forest) making ‘Thai and Dry Martini’ using locally produced seaweed syrup

• Luke Condell (Mango, Southampton) making “Straight Out The Common” using key ingredients foraged within 1 mile of Southampton Common

• James Harding (Lime Wood Hotel, New Forest) making ‘The Smokehouse’ using Lime Wood pancetta cured and smoked on site

The judges are Susie Barrie MW (BBC’s Saturday Kitchen), Sam Carter (Senior Brand Ambassador at Bombay Sapphire) and Marcus Roe (Cabinet Rooms). Points will be awarded for the name, the appearance, the aroma, the taste and the use of local ingredients in the drink.

The winner will be awarded the Winchester Cup, which will be held by his bar for the next year.

In addition to the trophy, the winning bartender will receive two places on a cookery course at Hartnett, Holder & Co Backstage, the purpose-built cookery school kitchen at the Lime Wood Hotel in the New Forest.

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