Restaurant Association of New Zealand

Felix Hospitality Awards

The Restaurant Association is proud to announce the Wellington 'Felix Hospitality Awards'

which were held.....

Sunday 23rd October 2016
St James Theatre, Wellington
5.30pm - Midnight


Outstanding maitre d' - sponsored by Collective Hospitality - Davey McDonald
Outstanding waitperson - sponsored by Restaurant Association - Josh Pointon.
Outstanding chef - sponsored by Gilmours - Amy Gillies.
Outstanding barista - Duncan Reid.
Outstanding cafe - sponsored by Southern Hospitality - Nikau.
Outstanding supplier - Cuba St Fruit Mart.
Outstanding restaurant - sponsored by Restaurant Association - OrtegaFishShack.
Outstanding suburban experience - sponsored by OneMusic - Salty Pidgin.
Emerging front of house award - sponsored by L'Affare - Brooklyn Dineen.
Outstanding bartender - sponsored by Pernod Ricard - Peter Lowry.
Outstanding bar experience - sponsored by Red+White Cellar - Hawthorn Lounge.
Up & coming kitchen talent - sponsored by Le Cordon Bleu - Dessie Murphy.
Outstanding sales rep - Casey Belsham.
Best "cheap" eats - KC Cafe.
And outstanding hospitality professional - Justin Mckenzie.



Association Members Price: $65.00 incl GST
Non Members Price: $70.00 incl GST


Tickets on Sale: Monday 29th August

Nominations Open: Monday 10am, 29th August

Nominations Close: Sunday 5pm, 18th September

Finalist Launch: Monday 4pm, 19th September


Finalist Voting Closes: Wednesday 5pm, 12th October

Event of the Year: 23rd October 2016


Outstanding Café - Consistently high quality hot beverage offering, friendly service and style.

Outstanding Barista - Boasting excellent coffee skills, you'd recommend this person's coffee over all others.

Outstanding Bar Experience - Is it a specialty wine, beer or cocktail mecca, or is it a great all-rounder? Top-notch drinks, service and ambience.

Outstanding Bartender - Knows their stuff behind the stick, great chat and superlative beverage knowledge.

Outstanding Waitperson - Exemplary service, winning manner, knows the menu inside and out.

Outstanding Maitre d'/FOH Manager - Has the respect of their team, runs a faultless shift, totally suits the venue.

Outstanding Chef - Consistent, innovative, striving for excellence at all times, inspirational to the team.

Emerging Talent: FOH - Passionate, eager to learn, a star in the making. Joined the industry within the last 3 years.

Up & Coming Talent: Kitchen - Strives for excellence, quick learner, shows commitment and drive. Joined the industry within the last 3 years.

Outstanding Sales Representative - Always goes the extra mile, understands your business and what you require.

Outstanding Supplier - Be they big or small, providing food, beverage or extraneous comestibles, this company is a great partner to your business.

Outstanding 'Cheap Eats' - Sub $25 all in, this might be your favourite food truck, formica-tabled ethnic eatery, burger joint or purveyor of pizza.

Outstanding Suburban/Regional Experience - Outside of the town belt, this is a restaurant, cafe, cellar door or bar that's worth the journey every time.

Outstanding Restaurant - New or established, this establishment delivers on every level, every time.

Outstanding Hospitality Professional - With 5 years or more experience in the industry, this person continues to inspire, lead, mentor and care about Wellington Hospitality. Their outstanding contribution deserves special mention.