The finalists in the inaugural Northland Hospitality Awards have been announced, and represent the top-notch dining establishments in the region as voted by the hospitality industry.
Popular Asian fusion restaurant No.8 situated in Whangārei’s town basin takes out four nominations for Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant, Ambience & Design as well as accolades for Chef de Partie Reejo Joseph as Emerging Chef and Mike Aldred for Outstanding Bartender.
Situated within the Wharepuke Subtropical Garden in Kerikeri Māha Restaurant, noted for its fresh, local and seasonal products and a fusion of flavours and cooking techniques is nominated in the categories of Outstanding Restaurant and Front of House Team.
Whangerei’s The Quay also picks up four nominations including two for its back of house team with Juanita Woodbury and Stephen Pashley both contenders for the award of Outstanding Emerging Chef.
Great cafes are not lacking in the region with Helena Bay Café, Milk and Honey Kamo, Nook Espresso and The Cove Café all receiving nominations in the category of Outstanding Cafe.
Those looking for the region’s best flat white have ample selection with Miles Toto, of Barrow Boys Coffee, Laura Hosznyak of Hello Pickle, Brittany Chez Cox of Nook Espresso and Tom Richardson of Third Wheel Coffee Co. all finalists in the category of Outstanding Barista.
Those looking for a place to get a great drink also won’t be disappointed with the region’s growing assortment of top-notch bars recognised.
Pure Bar, Split Bar & Restaurant, The Butter Factory and Tipsy Oyster all receive nominations for the title of Outstanding Bar.
16 awards will be presented to the best of the Northland 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, “with its fertile land and subtropical climate, Northland is home to some of New Zealand’s best produce which is expertly prepared and served by the region’s dining establishments.
“Our industry has had an incredibly challenging year so it’s now even more important that we take time out to recognise those people who showcase our incredible produce and welcome us into their establishments.”
The Northland community is also able to vote for its favourite establishment in the Savour! Northland People’s Choice Award category.
“Savour! Northland supports and promotes Northland’s food and beverage industry and is excited to be sponsoring the People’s Choice category at Northland’s first Hospitality Awards.
“Through the Regional Business Partnership Programme, we have been able to help a lot of hospitality businesses through the challenges of Covid-19. This is a fantastic way to celebrate their mahi and great timing just after our first local food celebration FEAST 2020. We wish everyone the best of luck,” said Joseph Stuart, Northland Inc’s General Manager Business Innovation and Growth.
Voting is now open until Friday, 4 September. Winners will be announced on Monday, 14 September at 7.00pm.
To vote or for more information regarding the awards please visit www.hospitalityawards.co.nz/northland.