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Finalists announced in the Queenstown Hospitality Awards

The finalists have been announced in the Queenstown Hospitality awards and local diners are being invited to vote for their favourite place to dine out.

The finalists represent the top-notch dining establishments in the region as voted by the hospitality industry.

A number of establishments have received recognition in this year’s final line up including Botswana Butchery – receiving nods for its wine list and service and as a contender for restaurant of the year.

Newcomer White & Wongs has also been recognised for its team with nominations for outstanding front of house team along with an emerging chef award for Vinny Singh.

White & Wongs also picks up a nomination for its ambiance and design along with Musket’s and Moonshine and Tanoshi.

The Wellington general public are also able to vote for their favourite establishment in the First Table People’s Choice Award category.

17 awards will be handed out to the best of the Queenstown hospitality industry.  From crew members, to suppliers, to establishments – the best of the best will be celebrated for their contribution to creating a world-class hospitality scene in the region.

CEO Marisa Bidois says, “As a tourist mecca, Queenstown offers some of the best dining experiences in the country. Our goal is to recognise those providing an exceptional experience to both international visitors and the local dining community.”

Voting is open until 21st April and the winners will be revealed at the awards evening on Sunday 28th April.

Presented by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand, the Queenstown Hospitality Awards were created to celebrate the legendary people and businesses bringing first class dining experiences to the Southern Lakes region of New Zealand.

Tickets to the event are on sale now, to purchase or for more information regarding the awards please visit https://hospitalityawards.co.nz/queenstown. Stay connected with key updates and announcements on our Facebook page @qthospitalityawards and Instagram @queenstownawards.

2019 Queenstown Hospitality Awards Finalists

Meadow Fresh Outstanding Barista

Barb Griffin, Provisions of Arrowtown
Benedicte Greenland,
Captains Restaurant
Madeleine Strömbäck, Joe’s Garage

Hellers Outstanding Café    

Bespoke Kitchen
Frank’s Eatery
Joe’s Garage
The Chop Shop Food Merchants
Vudu Cafe & Larder

The Cardona Distillery
Outstanding Bartender

Lewis Donaldson, The Bunker
Larry Gronau, Blue Kanu
Shaun White, Eichardt’s Bar
William Prior, The Sundeck

Asahi Outstanding Bar

Smiths Craft Beer House
The Sundeck
The World Bar

Restaurant Association of NZ
Outstanding Waiter

Alissa Bellei, Botswana Butchery
Bianca Stares, The Bunker
Gabrielle Cheetham, No5 Church Lane
Nathan Wakely, Bazaar Queenstown

Restaurant Association of NZ
Outstanding Front of House Team

Blue Kanu
La Rumbla
Tanoshi – Japanese Restaurant
White + Wong’s Queenstown

Restaurant Association of NZ
Emerging Chef

Karan Dhillon, Slow Cuts
Karina Ito, The Grille by Eichardt’s
Vinny Singh, White + Wong’s

Southern Hospitality
Outstanding Chef

Ben Batterbury, True South
Dining Room, The Rees Hotel
John Pickens, Akarua Wines &
Kitchen by Artisan
Ben Norfolk, The Bunker
Vaughan Mabee, Amisfield Bistro

Negociants Emerging Wine
Service Professional

Anna Krykunivsky, The Grille
by Eichardt’s
Gethin Curtis, QT Queenstown
Jeremy Olsen, Botswana Butchery

Nova Energy Outstanding Winery Restaurant   

Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan
Amisfield Bistro
Gibbston Valley


OneMusic Outstanding
Ambience & Design

Muskets & Moonshine
The Sherwood
White + Wong’s Queenstown


Crombie Lockwood Outstanding Central City Establishment

Blue Kanu
Tanoshi – Japanese Restaurant
The Bunker


 Eftpos NZ Outstanding

Botswana Butchery
La Rumbla
The Grille by Eichardt’s
True South Dining Room,
The Rees Hotel

Skyline Queenstown Outstanding
Sales Rep

Juanita Hart, Red + White Cellar
Karen Bisacre, Pernod Ricard
Martha Uhlig Barta, Southern

McCarthy Outstanding
Beverage Supplier

The Cardrona Distillery
Centrepoint Liquor Supplies
Red + White Cellar

NZI Outstanding Supplier

Bidfood Queenstown
Kaan’s Catering Supplies
Southern Hospitality




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