Monique Fiso’s Hiakai picks up three awards while Soul Shack Hot Chicken takes out People’s Choice
The Wellington hospitality industry acknowledged the outstanding abilities of its own with the announcement of the winners at the Felix Wellington Hospitality Awards ceremony held last night.
Presented by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand and lead partners Lexis Comply Hub, the awards acknowledge the outstanding hospitality professionals, all of whom are making a positive impact on the local café and dining scene.
Ground breaking chef Monique Fiso known for pushing the boundaries of Māori cuisine, picks up three awards for her new restaurant Hiakai.
Fiso also wins in the outstanding chef category while Hiakai picks up the outstanding restaurant award. Recognition also goes to Elton Song in the emerging chef category.
Souls Shack Hot Chicken picked up the People’s Choice Award for their popular Nashville style friend chicken.
Great service did not go unrecognised with Jessica Wood of popular wine bar Noble Rot picking up the award for emerging front of house professional while Ortega Fish Shack and Bar picked up the award for outstanding front of house team.
Josh Pointed, also of Noble Rot collected the award for outstanding hospitality professional.
Great cafes are not lacking in the region with Prefab Eatery winning the award for outstanding café and Tait Burge of Swimsuit recognised as the region’s outstanding barista.
Those looking for a place to get a great drink also won’t be disappointed with the region’s top notch bars recognised.
Robers of Bristow Poquito bar takes out the award for outstanding bartender
while Crumpet Bar wins outstanding cocktail experience.
Outstanding new establishment went to Cuba St’s Highwater Eatery.
CEO Marisa Bidois says, “Wellington has a vibrant and world leading hospitality scene which deserves to be recognised. Our goal is to recognise those providing an exceptional experience to Wellingtonians and connect them to one another and the local dining community.”
The winners were announced at an awards ceremony held at the Embassy Theatre on Sunday 27th October 2019.
The Wellington Hospitality Awards Winners 2019
Tait Burge, Swimsuit
Regal Outstanding Bartender:
Max Roberts Bristow, Poquito Bar
Emerging Front of House:
Jessica Wood, Noble Rot Wine Bar
Hands Outstanding Front of House Team:
Ortega Fish Shack & Bar
Hennessy Outstanding Maitre d:
Sophie Garnham, Monsoon Poon
Cordon Bleu Emerging Chef:
Elton Song, Hiakai
Monique Fiso, Hiakai
Hospitality Outstanding Café:
Dog Brewery Outstanding Beer Experience:
Outstanding Wine Experience:
Noble Rot Wine Bar
NZ Outstanding Cocktail Experience:
Foods Outstanding Casual Dining/Street Food Experience:
A Taste of Home
Outstanding Ambience & Design:
Energy Outstanding Suburban/Regional Experience:
Catering Equipment Outstanding New Establishment:
Laurent-Perrier Outstanding Restaurant:
Recruitment Network Outstanding Caterer:
Ruth Pretty Catering
Function Venue Outstanding Sales Rep:
Jamie Andrew Lawton, Hop and Vine
Lockwood Insurance Brokers Outstanding Supplier:
Maria Outstanding Hospitality Professional:
Josh Pointon, Noble Rot Wine Bar
Association of NZ Outstanding People’s Choice:
Soul Shack Hot Chicken