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

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           

Bespoke Kitchen

Frank’s Eatery

Joe’s Garage

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 Sundeck

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                              

Blue Kanu

La Rumbla

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

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