The finalists have been announced in the Queenstown Hospitality awards and local diners are being invited to vote for their favourite place to dine out.
The finalists represent the top-notch dining establishments in the region as voted by the hospitality industry.
A number of establishments have received recognition in this year’s final line up including Botswana Butchery – receiving nods for its wine list and service and as a contender for restaurant of the year.
Newcomer White & Wongs has also been recognised for its team with nominations for outstanding front of house team along with an emerging chef award for Vinny Singh.
White & Wongs also picks up a nomination for its design and ambience along with Attiqa, The Sherwood and Musket’s and Moonshine.
The Queenstown general public are also able to vote for their favourite establishment in the First Table People’s Choice Award category.
Seventeen awards will be handed out to the best of the Queenstown hospitality industry. From crew members, to suppliers, to establishments – the best of the best will be celebrated for their contribution to creating a world-class hospitality scene in the region.
CEO Marisa Bidois says, “As a tourist mecca, Queenstown offers some of the best dining experiences in the country. Our goal is to recognise those providing an exceptional experience to both international visitors and the local dining community.”
Voting is open until April 21 and the winners will be revealed at the awards evening on Sunday 28th April. Presented by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand, the Queenstown Hospitality Awards were created to celebrate the legendary people and businesses bringing first class dining experiences to the Southern Lakes region of New Zealand.
Tickets to the event are on sale now, to purchase or for more information regarding the awards please visit https://hospitalityawards.co.nz/queenstown.
2019 Queenstown Hospitality Awards Finalists
Meadow Fresh Outstanding Barista
Barb Griffin, Provisions of Arrowtown
Benedicte Greenland, Captains Restaurant
Madeleine Strömbäck, Joe’s Garage
Hellers Outstanding Café
The Chop Shop Food Merchants
Vudu Cafe & Larder
The Cardona Distillery Outstanding Bartender
Lewis Donaldson, The Bunker
Larry Gronau, Blue Kanu
Shaun White, Eichardt’s Bar
William Prior, The Sundeck
Asahi Outstanding Bar
Smiths Craft Beer House
The World Bar
Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding Waiter
Alissa Bellei, Botswana Butchery
Bianca Stares, The Bunker
Gabrielle Cheetham, No5 Church Lane
Nathan Wakely, Bazaar Queenstown
Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding Front of House Team
Tanoshi – Japanese Restaurant
White + Wong’s Queenstown
Restaurant Association of NZ Emerging Chef
Karan Dhillon, Slow Cuts
Karina Ito, The Grille by Eichardt’s
Vinny Singh, White + Wong’s Queenstown
Southern Hospitality Outstanding Chef
Ben Batterbury, True South Dining Room, The Rees Hotel
John Pickens, Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan