The Hawke’s Bay hospitality industry acknowledged the outstanding abilities of their own with the announcement of the winners at an awards ceremony held this evening.
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 are proud to organise and foster these Awards with the main purpose being to unite, grow and promote the Hawke’s Bay hospitality industry.
Marisa Bidois, CEO Restaurant Association of New Zealand says
“As an industry it’s so important that we take time out to celebrate our success and acknowledge our achievements. We believe it’s important to shine a light on our industry and make sure we are recognised for the contribution we make to our community and economy. The Hawke’s Bay 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.
This year’s winners showcase a mix of newcomers with Hapi taking the award for the Outstanding Café of the Year award, Matisse Wine Bar winning both honours in Ambience & Design and Outstanding Wine & Beverage List, and Funbuns winning the Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant of the Year award.
Longstanding favourites of the region continue to exemplify the outstanding abilities and talents known to the region, with top honours for Outstanding Restaurant of the Year going to Mister D, and Hawthorne Coffee Roasters taking the award for Outstanding Coffee Establishment of the Year.
The coveted People’s Choice Award went to Indigo Napier for a second year and James Beck of Bistronomy was awarded Hospitality Hero of the Year for his dedication to the industry and contributing to the success of Hawke’s Bay hospitality.
The winners were announced at an awards ceremony held at the MTG Century Theatre and, afterwards, enjoyed the chance to catch up with their colleagues at an industry party hosted by Shed 2.
2018 Hawke’s Bay Hospitality Awards Winners
Meadow Fresh Outstanding Barista of the Year
Benjamin Fernandez, Georgia on Tennyson
Bidfood Hawke’s Bay Outstanding Café of the Year
Nova Energy Outstanding Coffee Establishment of the Year
Hawthorne Coffee Roasters
Simply Squeezed Outstanding Bartender of the Year
Dave Morris, Funbuns
Lion Outstanding Bar of the Year
Unison Fibre Outstanding Local of the Year
GrabOne Front of House Team of the Year
EIT Emerging Chef of the Year
Dylan Olsen, Clearview Estate
Service Foods Outstanding Chef of the Year
Ashley Jones, Elephant Hill
Clearview Estate Winery Ambience & Design of the Year
Matisse Wine Bar
Eftpos NZ Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant of the Year
Hãhã Wine Outstanding Wine & Beverage List
Matisse Wine Bar
Burns & Ferrall Outstanding Winery Restaurant
OneMusic Outstanding Restaurant of the Year
Shed 2 Sales Rep of the Year
Shaye Bird, Liquor King
Hawke’s Bay Today People’s Choice – Establishment of the Year
Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding Hospitality Hero of the Year
James Beck, Bistronomy