Lewisham winner
Barney Toy, Outstanding Bartender, pictured with Nigel Kelly from Angostura.

The votes are in and the Auckland hospitality industry is bucking the trend in selecting the winners of the 2014 Lewisham Awards.

Duke Tran, Rad Cafe, Outstanding Barista, with Dave Young from Caffe Laffare.
Duke Tran, Rad Cafe, Outstanding Barista, with Dave Young from Caffe Laffare.

On the back of a report from the Restaurant Association of New Zealand into dining trends, it seems those at the coalface are not necessarily seeing what’s trendy as equalling what’s best.

With shared plates and casual dining without reservations being called out as this year’s big trend, it is interesting to see a number of old school favourites coming to the top of the industry’s premier awards.

The Lewisham Awards provide an opportunity for the industry to celebrate its own success and select who its members believe have been the most impressive during the past 12 months.

The likes of Prego, The French Café, Soul Bar and Bistro, O’Connell St Bistro and Sidart have made the carte in this year’s Lewisham Awards.

The winners were announced during an evening of entertainment at Auckland’s Shed 10 waterfront venue June 1.

Lewisham winner
Barney Toy, Outstanding Bartender, pictured with Nigel Kelly from Angostura.

The full list of winners is:

Angostura Outstanding Bartender Barney Toy

Beam Suntory Outstanding Bar Golden Dawn

Caffe L’affare Outstanding Coffee Establishment/Barista  Duke Tran, Rad Café

Crombie Lockwood Outstanding Waiter Nick Harding, Baduzzi

EuroVintage Outstanding Wine List  O’Connell St Bistro

General Digital Outstanding Maitre d’ Brandon Lela’ulu, Prego

Gilmours OutstandingChef Sid Sahrawat, Sidart

Menumate Outstanding New Establishment The Blue Breeze Inn

Moana Pacific Seafood Emerging Talent Elizabeth Birch, Eight.Two

Moet Hennessy Outstanding Hospitality Personality Judith Tabron, Soul Bar & Bistro

Negociants Outstanding Wine Service Professional Piers Haszard, Botswana Butchery

One Music Outstanding Existing Establishment The French Café

Pernod Ricard Outstanding Restaurateur Mark Wallbank, The Blue Breeze Inn

Restaurant Association of New Zealand Outstanding Sales Representative Ben Longhurst, EuroVintage

Rubbish Direct Outstanding Caterer Mint Kitchen

Telecom NZ Outstanding Supplier Neat Meat

Waterfront Auckland Outstanding Local Elbow Room

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