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Canterbury Hospitality Awards acknowledge excellence in the region!

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  • gin gin picks up four awards including supreme establishment of the year
  • Smokey T’s takes out people’s choice for third year in a row

The Canterbury hospitality industry acknowledged the outstanding talents of its own with the announcement of the winners of the 2021 Canterbury Hospitality Awards last night.

With the support of lead sponsor Trents Wholesale, the awards acknowledge the outstanding hospitality professionals and businesses, who are making a positive impact on the local café, dining and drinking scene.

Known for its live music, cocktails and good vibes, Regent Street bar gin gin picked up four awards for outstanding bar, best new establishment, as well as the ultimate accolade of supreme establishment of the year. Chef Jackson Mehlhopt picked up the award for best Emerging Chef.

Canterbury locals have once again shown their support for the ever-popular Smoky T’s who wins People’s Choice as well as Outstanding Street Food/Takeout.

5th Street picked up the award for outstanding restaurant while Finbar McArthy of Gatherings took out the outstanding chef award.

Those looking for a great coffee and cocktails need look no further than Fumihiko Takai of Espresso Studio, voted top barista and Cory Evans of The Last Word taking out best bartender.

It’s been great to see Canterbury restaurants get back to connecting with their customers after this year’s delta outbreak. These winning establishments represent the best of the best in the region and the way they have been able to maintain these incredible standards in dining is testament to their resilience. The Restaurant Association is dedicated to supporting the hospitality industry, providing support to business owners and the future leaders of our industry. The awards give us an opportunity to promote the local hospitality community, bringing people together to recognise our achievements in what continue to be challenging times. It is more important than ever to connect and celebrate one another’s success.”

Marisa Bidois, Restaurant Association CEO

Canterbury Hospitality Awards Winners 2021

Meadow Fresh Outstanding Barista

Fumihiko Takai, Espresso Studio

Diplomatico Outstanding Bartender

Cory Evans, The Last Word

Ara Institute of Technology Emerging Front of House

Nova Middleton, Twenty Seven Steps

Tevalis Outstanding Front of House Team

5th Street

Southern Hospitality Emerging Chef

Jackson Mehlhopt, gin gin

Service Foods Outstanding Chef

Finbar McArthy, Gatherings

Antipodes Water Company Outstanding New Establishment

gin gin

Burns & Ferrall Outstanding Street Food/Casual Dining

Smokey Ts

Bidfood Outstanding Café

Child Sister

Nanny Goat Vineyard Outstanding Wine & Beverage List

Cellar Door

Coca Cola Europacific Outstanding Bar

gin gin

Pernod Ricard Outstanding Regional Establishment

Black Estate Winery

OneMusic Outstanding Ambience & Design

Austin Club

Dinefind Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant

Bar Yoku

American Express Outstanding Restaurant

5th Street

McCarthy Outstanding Sales Rep

Andy John Allen, Punky Distro

Addington Raceway Outstanding Supplier

Punky Brewster

HospoStart Outstanding Caterer

White Tie Catering

Potatoes NZ Outstanding People’s Choice Award

Smokey T’s

Trents Wholesale Supreme Crew Member

Finbar McArthy, Gatherings

Trents Wholesale Supreme Establishment

gin gin

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