The finalists for the 2017 Bay Hospitality Awards have been announced, with familiar faces, consistently good establishments and new talent vying for top spots.

Presented by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand, the Bay Hospitality Awards recognise the outstanding hospitality professionals all making a positive impact on the local café and dining scene. A large number of nominations were received from the industry across 14 categories, recognising those who work hard to achieve excellence in hospitality. This is the second year for local hospitality industry have celebrated and acknowledged the region’s hospitality stars via an industry-only voting system.

“To be selected by your peers as a leader in your category is a great honour,” said Marisa Bidois, chief executive of the Restaurant Association

“The benefits of a peer recognition awards programme that celebrates dedication and excellence not only draws our industry closer, but also raises aspirations and performance in the region”.

The Bay Hospitality Awards has announced a new judging component for the Chef, Bartender and Barista categories. The refreshed format will see finalists showcasing their skills and expertise in a live competition and the results will accumulate to the total tally to determine the winner of each award.

Final Voting is now open to the industry, closing on Sunday, 29 October. The public can also have their say and vote for their favourite establishment via the Mills Reef Winery People’s Choice Award. This could be a bar, a cafe, or a restaurant, a place that the local community deems is the best because of the fabulous atmosphere, food, beverages or service. Online voting is open now for both industry and the public.

The winners will be announced at the awards evening, held at Mills Reef Winery on Sunday, 5 November.

For more information regarding the awards please visit Tickets to the James Bond 007 themed awards evening can be purchased online via the website.


2017 Bay Hospitality Awards Finalists

Outstanding Barista

Kalee Haakma – Thy Neighbour Coffee Bar
Dan Comber – LUCA
Taryn Jackson – Pronto Mount Maunganui

Outstanding Café                           

The General
Heath St
Love Rosie


Lion Co Outstanding Bartender

Alister Noon – The Rising Tide
Katie Short – The Barrio Brothers Mount Maunganui
Hamish Doyle – Astrolabe Brew Bar

Pernod Ricard Outstanding Bar

Hide – Thirst & Hunger
The Rising Tide
Mount Brewing Co Bar

Independent Liquor Outstanding Design/Ambience

Post Bank Restaurant & Bar
Hide – Thirst & Hunger

Moana NZ Emerging Talent – Front of House

Aimee Channer – Rye American Kitchen & Spirits
Jorgia Jenkins – Brooklyn Patio & Eatery
Lisa Rooney – The Rising Tide

Menumate Point of Sale Outstanding Front of House Team

Post Bank Restaurant & Bar
The Barrio Brothers Tauranga
Flatwhite Waihi Beach

Federal Merchants & Co Outstanding New Venue

Hide – Thirst & Hunger
Heath St
Papamoa Beach Tavern

Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology Emerging Talent – Kitchen

Walter Chang – Maude
Madison Boyd – Fish Face Seafood & Wine Bar
Tom Greene – Octopus’s Garden

Bidfood Tauranga Outstanding Chef

Kate McKeller White – Fish Face Seafood & Wine Bar
Ian Harrison – Rye American Kitchen & Spirits
Matt Hay – Post Bank Restaurant & Bar

Gilmours Tauranga Outstanding Restaurant

Macau Bar Kitchen & Lounge
Fish Face Seafood & Wine Bar
Roquette Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding Rep

Andre Howe – Mt Brew Company
Dan Shea – Mills Reef Winery
Robbie Moore – Bidfood Tauranga

Bidfood Outstanding Caterer

Good Things Kitchen
Handcrafted Food
The Whipped Baker

Outstanding Street Food/Takeout

Johney’s Dumpling House
Tia’s Tacos
Real Rad Food