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Queenstown Hospitality Awards acknowledges excellence in the region

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The Queenstown hospitality industry acknowledged the outstanding abilities of their own with the announcement of the winners at the inaugural awards ceremony at Skyline Queenstown.

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The Awards recognise the outstanding hospitality professionals, all of whom making a positive impact on the local café and dining scene. The Restaurant Association of New Zealand and lead partner Trents Wholesale are proud to organise and foster these Awards with the main purpose being to unite, grow and promote the Southern Lakes diverse hospitality industry.

Marisa Bidois, CEO Restaurant Association of New Zealand says

“At the Restaurant Association, we believe it’s important to celebrate one another in the hospitality industry. Our work is demanding and there are limited opportunities to come together to support each other. The Queenstown Hospitality Awards represent the occasion to do just that – celebrate the hard work and success of the hospitality industry within the region. Congratulations to all winners.”

With all categories keenly contested, this year’s winners truly exemplify what it means to be at the top of their respective categories.

Vicky Wong from Botswana Butchery took top honours winning the Outstanding Chef award, the team at Madam Woo were awarded the Outstanding Front of House Team honour, and La Rumbla proved they have all the ingredients to be named Outstanding Restaurant.

The Chop Shop Food Merchants was presented the Outstanding Café Award, Yonder won the Outstanding Design & Ambience honours, and Amisfield picked up the Award for Outstanding Winery Restaurant. The Sundeck was awarded the Outstanding Bar Award, and The Bunker was named Outstanding Central City Establishment.

After an impressive 650 votes received, the coveted People’s Choice Award went to Blue Kanu.

Tony Robertson, formerly of Hamills Restaurant, was awarded Hospo Hero of the Year for his dedication to the industry spanning over 30 years, contributing to the flourishing scene Queenstown hospitality of today.

Guests were treated to a delectable selection of local produce and beverages and sweet sounds from Annah Mac and DJ duo Sweet Mix Kids.

For more information regarding the awards please visit www.hospitalityawards.co.nz\queenstown.
Stay connected with key updates and announcements on our Facebook page @qthospitalityawards and Instagram @queenstownawards.

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2018 Queenstown Hospitality Awards Winners

Meadow Fresh
Outstanding Barista
of the Year

Nat Payne, Joe’s Garage

Emerging Talent –
Wine Service Professional

Jeremy Olsen, Botswana Butchery

Café of the Year

The Chop Shop Food Merchants

Winery Restaurant of the Year


Outstanding Bartender
of the Year

Jack Wharton, Bardeaux

Outstanding Design &
Ambience of the Year


Bar of the Year

The Sundeck

Crombie Lockwood
Outstanding Central City
Establishment of the Year

The Bunker

Outstanding Waiter of the Year

Jessica Patterson, La Rumbla

Restaurant of the Year

La Rumbla

Outstanding Front of House
Team of the Year

Madam Woo

Loaded Reports
Sales Rep of the Year

Jill Newton, Lion Co

Burns & Ferrall
Emerging Talent – Chef

Callum Symonds,
Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan

McCarthy Specialty
Supplier of the Year

Cardrona Distillery

Southern Hospitality
Outstanding Chef of the Year

Vicky Wong, Botswana Butchery

NZI Goods & Services
Wholesaler of the Year

Bidfood Queenstown


2018 Queenstown Hospitality Supreme Awards Winners

Trents Wholesale
Crew Member
of the Year

Jack Wharton, Bardeaux

Trents Wholesale
Talent of the Year

Jeremy Olsen,
Botswana Butchery

Trents Wholesale
Supplier of the Year

Bidfood Queenstown

Trents Wholesale
of the Year



2018 Queenstown Hospitality People’s Choice & Hospo Hero Winners

First Table People’s Choice,
of the Year

Blue Kanu

Skyline Queenstown
Hospo Hero
of the Year

Tony Roberstson


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