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Felix Wellington Hospitality Awards acknowledge excellence in the region!

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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.

Matt 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

L’affare Outstanding Barista:
Tait Burge, Swimsuit

Chivas Regal Outstanding Bartender:
Max Roberts Bristow, Poquito Bar

Antipodes Emerging Front of House:
Jessica Wood, Noble Rot Wine Bar

Helping Hands Outstanding Front of House Team:
Ortega Fish Shack & Bar

Moet Hennessy Outstanding Maitre d:
Sophie Garnham, Monsoon Poon

Le Cordon Bleu Emerging Chef:
Elton Song, Hiakai

Gilmours Outstanding Chef:
Monique Fiso, Hiakai

Southern Hospitality Outstanding Café:
Prefab Eatery

Black Dog Brewery Outstanding Beer Experience:
Fortune Favours

Negociants Outstanding Wine Experience:
Noble Rot Wine Bar

Monin NZ Outstanding Cocktail Experience:
Crumpet Bar

Service Foods Outstanding Casual Dining/Street Food Experience:
A Taste of Home

OneMusic Outstanding Ambience & Design:
Night Flower

Nova Energy Outstanding Suburban/Regional Experience:
Salty Pidgin

BCE Catering Equipment Outstanding New Establishment:
Highwater Eatery

Champagne Laurent-Perrier Outstanding Restaurant:

The Recruitment Network Outstanding Caterer:
Ruth Pretty Catering

Harbourside Function Venue Outstanding Sales Rep:
Jamie Andrew Lawton, Hop and Vine

Crombie Lockwood Insurance Brokers Outstanding Supplier:
Moore Wilson’s

Villa Maria Outstanding Hospitality Professional:
Josh Pointon, Noble Rot Wine Bar

Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding People’s Choice:
Soul Shack Hot Chicken

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