After a record number of nominations received, the Rotorua Hospitality Awards finalists have been announced. Restaurant Association of New Zealand Rotorua branch president Sharon Wallace said the number of nominations was an "endorsement that the industry values the awards as a means to support and recognise each other and are a real tribute to the calibre of talent in Rotorua hospitality".

"The committee were overwhelmed by nominations this year and the popularity of the awards are continuing to go from strength to strength," said Wallace.

General public are encouraged to vote for the Rotorua Lakes Council People’s Choice Award category. This vote is awarded to an establishment that excels in customer service, consistency in food preparation and delivery, welcoming ambience and style with an attention to detail and always willing to go the extra mile.

Ticket sales for the Moroccan-themed gala awards evening at the Energy Events Centre open tomorrow and the awards will be held on Sunday, July 2.

Details regarding voting and tickets to the awards can be found at www.rotoruaawards.co.nz.


2017 Rotorua Hospitality Awards Finalists:

More FM Outstanding Barista

Andrew Phillips - Revolver Espresso
Melissa Riini - Skyline Rotorua
Stephanie Davies - Capers Epicurean

Bidfood Rotorua Outstanding Café

Fat Dog Cafe & Bar
Lakeside Café
Third Place Café

Indian Star Emerging Business

Artisan Café
The Factory Smokehouse & Grill

Skyline Rotorua Outstanding Sales Representative

Donna Bloore - Jasco Distributing
Nick Patel - Fenton Quality Produce
Rohan Knowles - Diverse Distributors

Restaurant Association of New Zealand Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant

Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant
Lovely India Restaurant and Bar
Wild Rice Thai Cuisine

Gilmours Tauranga Outstanding Takeout

Delhi Hut
Devon Seafoods
Oppies Fish & Chips

Simpy Pure Outstanding Bartender

Mel Rolfe - Brew Craft Beer Pub
Scott Barlow - Skyline Rotorua
Mayur Keluskar - Rydges Rotorua

Monin Outstanding Bar

Brew Craft Beer Pub
Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar
The Lava Bar

Menumate Point of Sale Outstanding Front of House Team

Atticus Finch
CBK Craft Bar & Kitchen
Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant
Urbano Bistro

Service IQ Emerging Chef

Subin Samuel - Rydges Rotorua
Binoy MB - Skyline Rotorua
Talia Runga - Capers Epicurean

Ingham’s NZ Outstanding Chef

Alan Haslem - Regent of Rotorua
Isabel Ronquilo - Market Kitchen
Victor Edelsten – Capers Epicurean/Pig n' Whistle

OneMusic Outstanding Restaurant

Atticus Finch
CBK Craft Bar & Kitchen
Lone Star Restaurant & Bar

Events & Venues Excellence in Event Hospitality

Crankworx Rotorua
Okere Falls Beerfest
Rotorua Night Market
Rotorua Summer Seafood Festival