Call for professional entrants

17th July

We are delighted to announce that the Quo Vadis & Pidgin Soho Negroni Championship will return to QV on Wednesday 17th July 2019, and we are looking for valiant entrants.

The format remains the same: 10 professional bartenders compete for the title of Top Negroni-maker – and big Campari prizes – by presenting their interpretation of a Negroni to our judges, Allan Jenkins, Kay Plunkett-Hogge and Pritesh Mody.

If you are a bar-person or know one who would like to enter, please put forward the below to by 14th June.

– A cocktail name
– Ingredients and method
– How you feel it is a twist/ take on the Negroni

Successful entrants will be notified by 22nd June.​​

​​Each bartender is required to produce a cocktail based on, or inspired by, the great, the dare-we-say-unimprovable, Negroni. There is no limit to ingredients, techniques or garnishes, but there is a limit on time (see below). HOWEVER, it is important to remember that entries will be judged as a representative of the Negroni, not simply as a ‘cocktail’. Excessive flights of fancy, therefore, won’t necessarily be judged kindly, however delicious the result – if the drink doesn’t resonate with the judges as being within the Negroni wheelhouse then expect no mercy. Entrants are to make 2 cocktails for presenting to the judges, plus a further batch of taster portions to be served in shot glasses to guests (30 approx). Campari are kindly sponsoring our event again this year, though other ingredients including glassware and if necessary bar tools, are to be brought by contestants.Should there be any special requests in terms of mise-en-place please inform me in advance. Bartenders will have 5 minutes in total to mix and present their entry to the judges and audience. Five points will be deducted from their final score for every minute over their allotted time. Marks will be given diving competition-style out of 10 by each of the five judges. Bribery is frowned upon but not forbidden​​​

Tickets will be on sale to QV members and the general public, next month.​​​​


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