Restaurant Association of New Zealand

Rotorua Hospitality Awards

The Rotorua Hospitality Awards are the region's premier hospitality awards and voting is now open until 5.00pm, Sunday 3 rd July - vote for who you think is the best in Rotorua hospitality!

The 5th annual awards, which will be held on 17th July, 2016 at the Energy Events Centre, celebrate and recognise everything and everyone that is hospitality; from the front of house team to the kitchen crew; from baristas to bar stars; from restaurants, bars to top industry personalities. The glittering awards night is a big night out, everyone has a chance to let their hair down and raise a glass to hospo in New Zealand's own Vegas!

The Rotorua Hospitality Awards salute hospitality excellence and all the great things that this industry offers in Rotorua and are presented by the Restaurant Association of NZ, Rotorua Branch.

For more information go to www.rotoruaawards.co.nz.

The finalists for 2016 are...

Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding Barista

Ashleigh Heard – Picnic Café

Mereana Jessie Gray – Market Kitchen

Rachael Atkinson – Library Café

Bidvest Outstanding Café

Lime Caffeteria

Picnic Café

Third Place Café

Independent Liquor Outstanding Bartender

Alex Ciuccariello – Regent of Rotorua

Alok Sharma – Stratosfare Restaurant

Herbert Mitchell – Pig n Whistle

Raj (LK) Shunmgaraj – Mezze Bar

Jasco Distributing Outstanding Bar

Brew Craft Beer Pub

Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar

The Lava Bar

Rotorua Daily Post Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant

Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant

Leonardos Pure Italian

Sabroso Restaurant

Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding Sales Rep

Donna Bloore – Jasco Distributing

Nick Patel – Fenton Quality Produce

William Nicholls – Bidvest

Skyline Rotorua Outstanding Caterer


The Blue Baths

The Catering Company

Restaurant Association of NZ Emerging Business

Atticus Finch

Che Chorizo


Tohu Wines Front of House Star

Aroha Butler McLeod – Leonardos Pure Italian

Ashwin Poojari – Rydges Rotorua

Roxxane Pari – Stratosfare Restaurant

Inghams Outstanding Hotel Restaurant

Atlas Restaurant

Chapmans Restaurant & Bar

Regent of Rotorua

The Hits 97.5 Outstanding Takeout

Burger Fuel

Devon Seafoods

Imperfetto Pizzeria

Oppies Fish & Chips

Service IQ Emerging Chef

Dariana Kelly – Capers Epicurean

Keegan Watson-Hopgood – Rydges Rotorua

Zac Donald – Stratosfare Restaurant

Menumate Outstanding Chef

Bruce Thomason – Bistro 1284

Dean Lindebaum – Leonardos Pure Italian

Shakthi Muthusamy – Stratosfare Restaurant

OneMusic Outstanding Restaurant

Bistro 1284

CBK – Craft Beer Kitchen

Urbano Bistro

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