The finalists for the Christchurch Hospitality Awards have been announced, showcasing the depth of Christchurch’s diverse hospitality scene.

O.G.B., Christchurch’s popular speakeasy bar, featured heavily, being nominated for best bar, outstanding bartender, front of house team and central city establishment. Along with O.G.B., Smash Palace and The Craft Embassy were also nominated for best bar.

Inati, known for its intimate seating arrangements that bring diners into the chef’s space, was nominated for outstanding restaurant. Additionally, Story, The Monday Room and 5th Street were also nominated for this award.

The innovation that Christchurch’s hospitality sees, especially in regards to new pop-ups and fit-outs makes for a high level of competition in the design and pop-up-related categories. Amazonita, Chiwahwah, Parlour and 5th Street were nominated for outstanding ambience and design, while Banter, Empire Chicken, Posh Porridge, and Vagabond Chefs were nominated for outstanding pop-up establishment.

Marisa Bidois, C.E.O. Restaurant Association of New Zealand, said, “The hard-working Christchurch hospitality industry deserves recognition more than most. Designing exciting and first-class dining experience to attract people back into the city, they are at the forefront of rebuilding and reimaging the city. These are a dedicated and creative group of individuals who are critically important to the future of Christchurch.”

Voting is open until Sunday the 1st of September, and winners will be announced on the 9th of September. Links for industry votes and general public votes for people’s choice can be found here and here respectively. Additional information can be found here.


Full list of nominations can be found below.


Mediaworks Outstanding Barista

Jeremy Green – Unknown Chapter          

Markus Hirner – Espresso 245           

Ryan Haans – The Fermentist

Shaymus Brunton – The Birdwood


Hellers Outstanding Café

Hello Sunday

Ilex Cafe

Little Pom’s

Unknown Chapter


Jameson Outstanding Bartender

Ben Edwards – O.G.B           

Charles Gillet – Poplar Social Club

Ezra Eseese – 5th Street       

Zac Goy – Vesuvio


Asahi Beverages Outstanding Bar

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Smash Palace

The Craft Embassy


ARA Institute of Canterbury Emerging Front of House

Ally Demarchi – 5th Street

Grace Irving – O.G.B

Jamie Rogers – Amazonita


Antipodes Outstanding Maitre’d

Ana-Maria Smith – Miro       

Claudia Hagerty – Barberra

Olivia England – The Monday Room

Wynn Kerstens – 5th Street  


Southern Hospitality Emerging Chef

Andrew Tranter – Pescatore, The George

Cameron Woodhouse – Inati         

Vanessa Bennie – Craft Embassy


Service Foods Outstanding Chef

Eeva Torvinen – The Monday Room          

Jackson Smith – Pegasus Bay         

Jamie Bennett – Town Tonic           

Simon Levy – Inati


OneMusic Outstanding Ambience & Design




5th Street


Burns & Ferrall Outstanding Pop Up Establishment


Empire Chicken       

Posh Porridge           

Vagabond Chefs


Kono Wines Outstanding Ethnic/Casual Dining

Francesca’s Italian Kitchen

Hanoi Me

Kinji Japanese Restaurant  

Miss Peppercorn


Crombie Lockwood Outstanding Central City Establishment

Not Without You


Smokey T’s

Twenty Seven Steps


Nova Energy Outstanding Suburban/Regional Establishment

Black Estate  

Pegasus Bay 

The Birdwood

The Port & Eagle


Champagne Laurent-Perrier Outstanding New Venue


Athens Yacht Club  




Burns & Ferrall Outstanding Restaurant



The Monday Room

5th Street      


Eaton Drink Co. Outstanding Sales Rep

Andrew Johnston – Procure Liquor

Andy Allen – Invisible Wines           

Paul Bett – Asahi Beverages

Richard Page – Aitkens


NZI Outstanding Supplier

Peter Langlands       

Peter Timbs Meats   

Red & White Cellar

Southern Hospitality


McCarthy Outstanding Caterer

Ilex Events

Eaton Drink Co         

Moveable Feasts     

The Bespoke Chef