Nominations for this year’s Rotorua Hospitality Awards were stronger than ever across the 14 categories and the committee were pleased to announce this year’s finalists.
“The awards are about honouring the region’s hospitality industry for their outstanding commitment to this exciting and vibrant business,” said Sharon Wallace, Rotorua Branch President of the Restaurant Association of NZ. “Being chosen as outstanding and being recognised as being the best in the industry is something to be proud of. We are excited to hold the awards in Rotorua for the fifth year. They were created to further enhance local and visitor experience in the Rotorua hospitality industry and it’s great to see not only the industry but Rotorua locals getting in behind them.”

2016 Rotorua Hospitality Awards Finalists:

Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding Barista

Ashleigh Heard – Picnic Café
Mereana Jessie Gray – Market Kitchen
Rachael Atkinson – Library Café

Bidvest Outstanding Café

Lime Caffeteria
Picnic Café
Third Place Café

Independent Liquor Outstanding Bartender

Alex Ciuccariello – Regent of Rotorua
Alok Sharma – Stratosfare Restaurant
Herbert Mitchell – Pig n Whistle
Raj (LK) Shunmgaraj – Mezze Bar

Jasco Distributing Outstanding Bar

Brew Craft Beer Pub
Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar
The Lava Bar

Rotorua Daily Post Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant

Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant
Leonardos Pure Italian
Sabroso Restaurant

Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding Sales Rep

Donna Bloore – Jasco Distributing
Nick Patel – Fenton Quality Produce
William Nicholls – Bidvest

Skyline Rotorua Outstanding Caterer

The Blue Baths
The Catering Company

Restaurant Association of NZ Emerging Business

Atticus Finch
Che Chorizo

Tohu Wines Front of House Star

Aroha Butler McLeod – Leonardos Pure Italian
Ashwin Poojari – Rydges Rotorua
Roxxane Pari – Stratosfare Restaurant

Inghams Outstanding Hotel Restaurant

Atlas Restaurant
Chapmans Restaurant & Bar
Regent of Rotorua

The Hits 97.5 Outstanding Takeout

Burger Fuel
Devon Seafoods
Imperfetto Pizzeria
Oppies Fish & Chips

Service IQ Emerging Chef

Dariana Kelly – Capers Epicurean
Keegan Watson-Hopgood – Rydges Rotorua
Zac Donald – Stratosfare Restaurant

Menumate Outstanding Chef

Bruce Thomason – Bistro 1284
Dean Lindebaum – Leonardos Pure Italian
Shakthi Muthusamy – Stratosfare Restaurant

OneMusic Outstanding Restaurant

Bistro 1284
CBK – Craft Beer Kitchen
Urbano Bistro