Simon and Lisa, Inati

The winners of Christchurch’s Hospitality Awards have been announced. The awards honour Christchurch’s diverse dining scene and the people involved. 

Inati, known for its immersive dining experience, came up with, winning outstanding restaurant as well as Simon Levy, head chef, taking out the outstanding chef award. 

Popular fried-chicken food truck Empire Chicken made their Kickstarter donators proud by winning outstanding pop-up establishment and supreme breakthrough talent awards. In May of last year, backers pledged around $15,000 to help get Empire Chicken underway. 

Highlighting the diversity of Christchurch’s food scene, Smokey T’s, another food truck, won the people’s choice award. 

For the third year, O.G.B, Christchurch’s famed speakeasy-style bar was named outstanding bar, with emerging front of house talent going to their duty manager Grace Irving. 

“New Zealand’s garden city has blossomed in the last couple of years with new bars, restaurants and pop-up dining concepts opening regularly,” said Marisa Bidois, CEO Restaurant Association of New Zealand. “The hospitality industry is playing a vital role in re-creating the city. These people are committed to attracting people back into the central city and getting Christchurch recognised as a world-class food destination.”


A full list of winners can be found below. 

Mediaworks Canterbury Outstanding Barista

Jeremy Green, Unknown Chapter


Jameson Outstanding Bartender

Zac Goy, Vesuvio


Antipodes Outstanding Maitre’d

Wynn Kerstens, 5th Street


Service Foods Outstanding Chef

Simon Levy, INATI


Trents Wholesale Supreme Crew Member of the Year

Jeremey Green, Unknown Chapter


Ara Institute of Technology Emerging FOH

Grace Irving, O.G.B


Southern Hospitality Emerging Chef

Vanessa Bennie, The Craft Embassy


Burns & Ferrall Outstanding Pop Up Establishment

Empire Chicken


Champagne Laurent-Perrier Outstanding New Venue



Trents Wholesale Supreme Breakthrough Talent of the Year

Empire Chicken


Hellers Outstanding Café

Little Pom’s


Asahi Beverages Outstanding Bar



OneMusic Outstanding Ambience & Design

5th Street


Kono Wines Ethnic/Casual Dining

Kinji Japanese Restaurant


Crombie Lockwood Outstanding Central City Establishment

Twenty Seven Steps


Nova Energy Outstanding Suburban/Regional Establishment

Pegasus Bay


Burns & Ferrall Outstanding Restaurant



Trents Wholesale Supreme Establishment of the Year

5th Street


Eaton Drink Co. Outstanding Sales Rep

Paul Bett, Asahi Beverages


NZI Outstanding Supplier

Peter Timbs Meats


McCarthy Outstanding Caterer

The Bespoke Chef


Trents Wholesale Supreme Supplier of the Year

Peter Timbs Meats


Isaac Theatre Royal Outstanding People’s Choice

Smokey T’s


Restaurant Association of NZ Hall of Fame

Sam Crofskey, C1 Espresso


Restaurant Association of NZ Good Neighbour

Street Wise