Canterbury’s top dining establishments revealed

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The Restaurant Association of NZ and lead sponsor Trents Wholesale are pleased to announce the finalists in the 2021 Canterbury Hospitality Awards.

Vying for the coveted title of Outstanding Restaurant are 5th Street, Gatherings, Hali Bar & Bistro and Twenty Seven Steps.

The best chefs in the city have been recognised with Samson Stewart of 5th Street, Finbar McArthy of Gatherings, Simon Levy of INATI & Hali Bar & Bistro and Paul Howells of Twenty Seven Steps all up for the Outstanding Chef category.

Great cafes are not lacking in the region with Child Sister, Hello Sunday, Little Poms, South Town Club all finalists in the category of outstanding cafe.

Those looking for a place to get a great drink also won’t be disappointed with the region’s assortment of top-notch bars recognised.

Austin Club, gin gin, O.G.B and The Last Word are all contenders for the title of outstanding cocktail experience while Cellar Door, gin gin, Hali Bar & Bistro and Twenty Seven Steps are all recognised in the category of best wine and beverage list.

Newcomers Austin Club, gin gin, Hali Bar & Bistro and Wilko are all finalists for the region’s best new establishment.

Canterbury locals are being invited to vote for their favourite place to dine out in the Potatoes NZ People’s Choice Award.

21 awards will be presented to the best of the Canterbury 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.

Restaurant Association CEO Marisa Bidois says, “This has been a challenging year for hospitality but the local hospo community are known for their innovation and resilient spirit, continuing to deliver exceptional dining experiences.

The awards are an opportunity to recognise those that are the best of the best and spread the word about the amazing places there are to drink and eat in the region.”

Voting is open until Sunday, 24th October and the winners will be revealed at the awards evening on Monday, 1st November at Addington Raceway. Tickets are strictly limited and on sale now.

Canterbury Hospitality Awards Finalists 2021

Meadow Fresh Outstanding Barista

  • Angus Robson, Child Sister
  • Fumihiko Takai, Espresso Studio
  • Anthony Paull, Hello Sunday
  • Dan Hobson, South Town Club

Diplomatico Outstanding Bartender

  • Louis Danzer , Austin Club
  • Martyn Wood, gin gin
  • Ben Edwards, O.G.B
  • Cory Evans, The Last Word

Ara Institute of Technology Emerging Front of House

  • Jayden Weaver-Vincent, Austin Club
  • Lea Lucanova, The Soul Quarter
  • Nova Middleton, Twenty Seven Steps
  • Cody Morris, Wilko

Tevalis Outstanding Front of House Team

  • 5th Street
  • BEERS by Bacon Bros
  • The Last Word
  • Twenty Seven Steps

Southern Hospitality Emerging Chef

  • Alvaro Barros, Castro’s Tapas & Bar
  • Edward Tranter, Crockett
  • Jackson Mehlhopt, gin gin
  • Kaid Burke, The Monday Room

Service Foods Outstanding Chef

  • Samson Stewart, 5th Street
  • Finbar McArthy, Gatherings
  • Simon Levy, INATI & Hali Bar & Bistro
  • Paul Howells, Twenty Seven Steps

Antipodes Water Company Outstanding New Establishment

  • Austin Club
  • gin gin
  • Hali Bar & Bistro
  • Wilko

Burns & Ferrall Outstanding Street Food/Casual Dining

  • Bar Yoku
  • BEERS by Bacon Bros
  • Ramen Ria
  • Smokey Ts

Bidfood Outstanding Café

  • Child Sister
  • Hello Sunday
  • Little Poms
  • South Town Club

Nanny Goat Vineyard Outstanding Wine & Beverage List

  • Cellar Door
  • gin gin
  • Hali Bar & Bistro
  • Twenty Seven Steps

Coca Cola Europacific Outstanding Bar

  • Austin Club
  • gin gin
  • O.G.B
  • The Last Word

Pernod Ricard Outstanding Regional Establishment

  • Black Estate Winery
  • Civil & Naval
  • Greystone Wines Cellar Door
  • Ma Maison

OneMusic Outstanding Ambience & Design

  • Arbour Pizza
  • Austin Club
  • gin gin
  • Hali Bar & Bistro

dinefind Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant

  • Bar Yoku
  • El Quincho
  • Kinji
  • Mumbaiwala

American Express Outstanding Restaurant

  • 5th Street
  • Gatherings
  • Hali Bar & Bistro
  • Twenty Seven Steps

McCarthy Outstanding Sales Rep

  • Peter Malloch, Coca Cola Europacific
  • Hannah Small, Pernod Ricard
  • Andy John Allen, Punky Distro
  • Brad Nolan, Red + White Cellar

Addington Raceway Outstanding Supplier

  • Bones Pickles
  • Punky Brewster
  • Red + White Cellar
  • The Leeston Grocer

HospoStart Outstanding Caterer

  • Eaton Drink Co.
  • Moveable Feasts
  • Superluxe
  • White Tie Catering

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