The finalists have been announced in the Wellington Hospitality Awards for 2016 at a well-attended event hosted by Cordon Bleu hospitality training school.

The Felix Awards has returned to the Wellington hospo scene this year to recognise the outstanding hospitality professionals in all areas of the hospitality industry. Presented by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand and a volunteer committee of proud hospitality professionals.

“It is important for the hospitality industry to recognise its champions as it provides not only a peer benchmark for excellence but also provides consumers valuable insights on the best places to visit,” said Marisa Bidois, Restaurant Association chief executive.

Winners will be announced at the end of October.

The fifteen category finalists are –


Southern Hospitality Outstanding Cafe

Nikau Café

Memphis Belle

Te Kouka Cafe


Restaurant Association Outstanding Barista

Duncan Reid – Customs Brew Bar

Natalie Gibson – Mojo

Rusiate Nadakuitavuki - PreFab


Red and White Cellar  Outstanding Bar Experience

Hawthorne Lounge

Slim Davey’s

Noble Rot Wine Bar


Pernod Ricard Outstanding Bartender

Kneale Brown - Matterhorn

Peter Lowry - Hawthorn Lounge

Ray Letoa - CoCo at The Roxy

Sam Kopua - Boulcott Street Bistro


Restaurant Association Outstanding Waitperson

Chelsea Godinet - Shepherd Restaurant

Josh Pointon - Noble Rot Wine Bar

Sarah Bullock - The Larder


Collective Outstanding Maitre D'/FOH Manager

Sophie Garnham - Monsoon Poon

Maciej Zimny - Noble Rot Wine Bar

Davey McDonald - Slim Davey's


Gilmours Outstanding Chef

Shepherd Elliot - Shepherd Restaurant

Jacob Brown - The Larder

Amy Gillies - Salty Pidgin


L’affare Emerging Talent – Front of House

Nick Van Haarlem - Shepherd Restaurant

Sheyna Elley - St Johns Bar

Brooklyn Dineen - Scopa Caffe Cucina


LE CORDON BLEU -  Emerging Talent - Kitchen

Geordie McLachlan - Charley Noble

Julian Pizer – Hummingbird

Dessie Murphy – Ortega Fish Shack


Restaurant Association Outstanding Sales Representative

Amy Alexander - Pernod Ricard

Casey Belsham - Red+White Cellar

Stephanie Reade - Mineral Wines


Restaurant Association Outstanding Supplier


Red+White Cellar

Cuba St Fruit Mart


Outstanding ‘Cheap Eats’ Experience

Burger Liquor

K C Cafe & Takeaway

Little Penang


ONEMUSIC Outstanding Suburban/Regional Experience

Café Polo

Salty Pidgin

The Larder


Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding Restaurant

Boulcott Street Bistro

Charley Noble

Ortega Fish Shack


Outstanding Hospitality Personality

Justin Mckenzie - C.G.R Merchant & Co.

Ruth Pretty – Ruth Pretty Catering

Stephen Morris – Avida