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Waikato Hospitality Awards acknowledge excellence in the region!

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Gather Foodhouse proves itself as people’s favourite

The Waikato hospitality industry acknowledged the outstanding abilities of its own with the announcement of the winners at an awards ceremony held last night.

Presented by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand, Waikato Food Inc. and Lexis ComplyHub, the awards recognise the outstanding hospitality professionals, all of whom are making a positive impact on the local café and dining scene.

Known for its exceptional food in a relaxed, café environment, the People’s Choice award went to Gather Foodhouse in Frankton.

The award for outstanding chef went to owner and head chef Ashleigh Brodie.

After completing her training at Wintec, chef and owner Ashleigh Brodie went on to train at multi award winning Melbourne café Top Paddock perfecting the art of eggs before working her way up to the position of sous chef.

Famed for its charcuterie platters in a riverside setting, new eatery Mr Pickles picked up two awards for outstanding ambience and design and emerging chef for Harriet Boucher.

Hamiltonians looking for great service should head to Gothenburg Restaurant, whose team picked up the accolade for best front of house team.

With more national restaurant awards than any other dining establishment in Waikato, Palate earns the title of outstanding restaurant where the team serve seasonal, top quality produce matched to an extensive wine list.

Outstanding bar of the year and bartender accolades went to The Wonder Horse

Located down an alleyway just off of Victoria street, Wonder Horse serves up an array of tailored or classic cocktails, craft beer, wine, whisky and snacks.

Best café went to The Shack in the popular surf hangout of Raglan.

Marisa Bidois, CEO Restaurant Association of New Zealand says “the youthful and ethnically diverse population of Hamilton is creating a really exciting hospitality scene in Hamilton.

“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.

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

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony held Atrium, Wintec on Monday 12th August 2019.

For more information regarding the awards please visit, Facebook @ waikatohospoawards and Instagram @ waikatohospoawards.


Meadow Fresh Outstanding Barista
Dove Chen, Grey Street Kitchen

Antipodes Outstanding Bartender
Alex Williams, Wonder Horse

The POS People Outstanding Front of House Team
Gothenburg Restaurant

Bidfresh Hamilton Outstanding Chef
Ashleigh Brodie, Gather Foodhouse

The Breeze Waikato 99.4FM Local Food Hero
Gus Tissink, Bidfresh Hamilton

Service Foods Emerging Chef
Harriet Boucher, Mr. Pickles Bar & Eatery

Bidfood Hamilton Outstanding Café
The Shack, Raglan

Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding Bar
Wonder Horse

OneMusic Outstanding Ambience & Design
Mr. Pickles Bar & Eatery

Nova Energy Outstanding Suburban/Regional Experience
Cinnamon Café

Burns & Ferrall Outstanding Restaurant

The Recruitment Network Outstanding Caterer
Mavis & Co

Maurice Trapp Group Outstanding Sales Rep
Katrina Frost, Bidfresh Hamilton

Kerr & Ladbrook Outstanding Supplier
Bidfresh Hamilton

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