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The search for the best in Rotorua hospitality is on!

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The annual Rotorua Hospitality Awards nomination process has begun, where outstanding hospitality staff will be nominated by their peers for their outstanding commitment to Rotorua’s vibrant hospitality industry. The awards are proudly presented by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand.

From the kitchen crew to front of house, staff and businesses will vie to be the best of the industry with the winners being announced and celebrated at the awards evening on Sunday, 2 July at the Energy Events Centre. In an Oscars style gala event, the hospitality industry, who are normally providing a service within the cafés, restaurants and bars, are treated to a night where they can let their hair down and acknowledge the work they do. For some, 2017 will be a bigger celebration as we salute the finalists, and ultimately, the winners within their specialised fields.

This year, the Rotorua Hospitality Awards will host, award winning Michael Meredith as a guest speaker at the awards evening. An inspiration to all, Michael epitomises hospitality, not only as owner of his successful restaurant, Meredith’s in Auckland, but also as the champion of Eat My Lunch.

No awards ceremony can take place without the ongoing support of our Sponsors. We welcome new event partners Independent Liquor and Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, who will be offering a Hospitality Scholarship valued at $2,500.00. This year the 15 categories and the amazing sponsors that make it possible are noted below:

2017 Rotorua Hospitality Awards Categories:

  • Monin Outstanding Bar
  • Outstanding Barista
  • Outstanding Bartender
  • Indian Star Emerging Business
  • Bidfood Outstanding Café
  • Service IQ Emerging Chef
  • Inghams Outstanding Chef
  • Restaurant Association of New Zealand Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant
  • Menumate Point of Sale Outstanding Front of House Team
  • OneMusic Outstanding Restaurant
  • Skyline Rotorua Outstanding Sales Representative
  • Gilmours Tauranga Outstanding Takeout
  • Events & Venues Excellence in Event Hospitality
  • Rotorua Lakes Council People’s Choice Award
  • Tohu Wines Icon of Rotorua Hospitality

More details on the event, voting and tickets to the event can be found at

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