Auckland’s hospitality stars announced!

07 May, 2018 by
Hospitality Business

The 2018 Lewisham Awards Finalists have been announced in the quest for the pinnacle of Auckland’s hospitality scene. There is strong competition in the race for accolades in this year’s awards and winners will receive widespread recognition as one of the top participants across 19 categories.

The Lewisham Awards recognise each part of the industry that contributes to Auckland’s vibrant and diverse dining and entertainment scene. From restaurant owners to chefs, waiters, baristas, suppliers and establishments.

This year marks the 16th year that the Lewisham Awards will celebrate excellence in Auckland hospitality.

The number of nominations this year has set records, creating an exciting contest to find the winners. This year’s finalists include long established venues and personnel, joined in the top four with amazing new establishments and hospitality stars. This identifies the outstanding standard set by those at the top in the industry.


Finalist voting runs from today (May 8)  until Tuesday 22nd May. The votes are then counted to find those selected as the top. This will ensure that Auckland’s hospitality stars will be ready to hit the red carpet on June 3. The industry gathers to support finalists and celebrate winners in true hospitality style at the Pacific Nights themed Awards night.

The 2018 Lewisham Awards finalists are:

Outstanding Waiter sponsored by Crombie Lockwood

Davide Lovison – Harbourside Ocean Bar & Grill

Loz Colwill – Apero

Melodee Pearce – Prego Restaurant

Nathan (NaeNae) Andrews – SPQR

Outstanding Maitre’ d sponsored by antipodes water

Mandie Greer – Harbourside Ocean Bar & Grill

Oliver Watkinson – Fish Restaurant

Sonya Chan – White + Wong’s

Matthew Aitchinson – Cassia

Outstanding Bartender sponsored by Federal Merchant & Co

Bill Scott – Longroom

Asa Campbell – My Bar

James Millar – Bedford & Soda

Prateek Arora – Cassia

Outstanding Sales Representative sponsored by Restaurant Association of NZ

Angie Atkinson – Prophets Rock

Chris Mansfield – Hancocks Wine, Spirit & Beer Merchants

Craig MacKenzie – Sunshine Brewery

Michael Thomasen – Southern Hospitality

Outstanding Wine List sponsored by EuroVintage


The Grove

Harbourside Ocean Bar & Grill

O’Connell St Bistro

Outstanding Supplier sponsored by Hospitality New Zealand

Hancocks Wine, Spirit & Beer Merchants


Tickety Boo

Red & White

Outstanding Wine Service Professional sponsored by Negociants

Ismo Koski – Apero

Meg Abbott-Walker – Lovebucket

Piers Haszard – Harbourside Ocean Bar & Grill

Benji Smith – O’Connell St Bistro

Outstanding Local sponsored by Southern Hospitality

My Bar

The Bramble


Stafford Rd

Outstanding Caterer sponsored by Hellers


Urban Gourmet

Mint Kitchen

The Lucky Taco

Outstanding Street Food sponsored by CLYTH MACLEOD

Dixie Barbeque

Judge Bao

The Lucky Taco

Double Dutch

Outstanding Bar sponsored by Hancocks Wine, Spirit & Beer Merchants


The Jefferson


Parasol & Swing

Outstanding Barista sponsored by Meadow Fresh

Abel Mok – Espresso Works

Jasmine McDermott – Burger Boy

Juno Jung – Atomic

Sai Okesene – Shakedown

Outstanding Cafe sponsored by Bidfood  

Honey Bones


Kokako Cafe


Outstanding New Venue sponsored by Independent Liquor

GoGo Daddy

The Grounds


Parasol & Swing

Outstanding Establishment sponsored by OneMusic


White + Wong’s


Coco’s Cantina

Emerging Talent sponsored by Moana New Zealand

Mackenzie Bennett – Monsoon Poon

Matthew Paton – The Northern Club

Geordie Holibar – Mea Culpa

Jami Kerrigan – Cafe Hanoi

Outstanding Chef sponsored by Winterhalter NZ

Che Barrington – GoGo Daddy/ Chop Chop/ Woodpecker Hill, The Bluebreeze Inn

Fraser McCarthy – Lillius

Mark Gillespie – Botswana Butchery

Mark Southon – O’Connell St Bistro

Outstanding Restaurateur sponsored by Pernod Ricard

Mark Wallbank – GoGo Daddy/ Chop Chop/ Woodpecker Hill/ The Bluebreeze Inn

Sid Sahrawat – Cassia/ Sidart

Christopher Upton – O’Connell St Bistro

Judith Tabron – Soul Bar & Bistro

Outstanding Hospitality Personality sponsored by Moët Hennessy

Nicola Richards – Monsoon Poon

Brandon Lela’ulu – Prego Restaurant

Sonya Chan – White + Wong’s

Jeremy Turner – cibo

Tickets are on sale now for the awards evening at Eden Park on Sunday 3rd June 2018. For more information or to purchase tickets go to

Please keep an eye on the Lewisham Awards website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter page for event updates.