The Rotorua hospitality industry acknowledged the outstanding abilities of their own with the announcement of the winners at the annual Rotorua Hospitality Awards.

A record number of votes were received this year, 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 within Rotorua hospitality. Tried and true favourites were crowned winners alongside some new faces and places making a significant impact on dining options.

“The winners reflect the dynamic and diverse businesses that the Rotorua community has to choose from,” said Restaurant Association Rotorua Branch President Sharon Wallace. “The awards are a very important event for our local industry and all the hospitality owners and staff would like to thank the sponsors that support our efforts and helped make these awards such a fantastic celebration.’’

“All finalists have undergone a judging process to determine the winners, the results that came in were extremely close, showing the depth of talent that we have in Rotorua in our food and beverage offerings.”

2017 Rotorua Hospitality Awards Winners:

  • More FM Outstanding Barista - Andrew Phillips, Revolver Espresso
  • Bidfood Rotorua Outstanding Café - Third Place Café
  • Indian Star Emerging Business - Artisan Café
  • Skyline Rotorua Outstanding Sales Representative - Nick Patel, Fenton Quality Produce
  • Restaurant Association of New Zealand Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant - Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant
  • Gilmours Tauranga Outstanding Takeout - Oppies Fish & Chips
  • Simpy Pure Outstanding Bartender - Mayur Keluskar, Rydges Rotorua
  • Monin Outstanding Bar - Brew Craft Beer Pub
  • Menumate Point of Sale Outstanding Front of House Team - Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant
  • Service IQ Emerging Chef - Binoy MB, Skyline Rotorua
  • Ingham’s NZ Outstanding Chef - Alan Haslem, Regent of Rotorua
  • OneMusic Outstanding Restaurant - Atticus Finch
  • Events & Venues Rotorua Excellence in Event Hospitality - Crankworx Rotorua
  • Rotorua Lakes Council People’s Choice – Ciccio Italian Café
  • Tohu Wines Icon of Hospitality – Bruce Thomasen