The 2022 Hawke’s Bay Hospitality Awards celebrated excellence in the region with Jeremy Rameka at Pacifica winning the Supreme award and Teresa Bar taking out six award categories.
Presented by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand, the awards acknowledged outstanding hospitality professionals and businesses, who are making a positive impact on the local café, dining and drinking scene.
Napier cocktail Bar ‘Teresa Bar’ picked up a grand total of six awards for outstanding ambience and design, as well as the ultimate accolade of supreme establishment of the year.
The deli-come-bar is new to the Napier scene and is the brainchild of Sarah Mitchell and Andrea Marseglia.
By day, it operates as Harvest Deli serving up cured meats, cheeses, sandwiches and baked goods but by night the back half transforms into Teresa, a cocktail bar offering novel beverages.
Harvest Deli also picks up awards for outstanding chef and barista in Rosie Crawley and Conor Mertens.
Hawkes Bay locals have also had their say selecting Piku Restaurant and Cocktail Bar as their favourite establishment.
Pacifica owner and industry icon Jeremy Rameka took out the supreme award for his career longevity and support for emerging talent.
Those looking for a great meal with outstanding service won’t be disappointed with Central Fire Station who took out the award for outstanding restaurant and front of house team.
Restaurant Association CEO Marisa Bidois says, “The Hawkes Bay has some of the nation’s best restaurants, an abundance of fresh produce and world-class wineries, making it a mecca for diners.
“Innovation has been a hot topic for hospitality businesses over the past two years so its great to see establishments like Teresa and Harvest Deli getting recognition for this unique hybrid hospitality concept.
“The Restaurant Association is dedicated to supporting the hospitality industry, providing support to business owners and the future leaders of our industry. The awards give us an opportunity to promote the local hospitality community, bringing people together to recognise our achievements in what continue to be challenging times. It is more important than ever to connect and celebrate one another’s success.”
Hawkes Bay Hospitality Awards Winners 2022
Meadow Fresh Outstanding Barista
Rosie Crawley, Harvest Deli
Simply Squeezed Outstanding Bartender
Andrea Marseglia, Teresa Bar
Antipodes Water Outstanding Front of House Team
Central Fire Station
Service Foods Outstanding Chef
Conor Mertens, Harvest Deli
Lumina Lamb Emerging Chef
Nicky Bulman, Pacifica
Menulog Outstanding Street Food/Takeout
Karma Drinks Outstanding Café
Georgia on Tennyson
Toitoi Venues Outstanding Bar
The National Distillery Outstanding Cocktail Experience
Trinity Hill Outstanding Wine & Beverage List
Nova Energy Outstanding Regional Establishment
Cone & Flower
OneMusic Outstanding Ambience & Design
Wine Education Co. Outstanding Winery Restaurant
Napier City Council Outstanding Restaurant
Central Fire Station
Brave Brewing Company Outstanding Supplier
Bar Stuff NZ
Bidfood Hawke’s Bay Outstanding Caterer
Black Betty BBQ
Dish Catering Outstanding Producer
The Hits Outstanding People’s Choice
Piku Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
American Express Supreme Award – Individual
Jeremy Rameka, Pacifica
American Express Supreme Award – Establishment