Rotorua’s annual hospitality awards were held for the third time on Sunday night, with the winners announced in front of a sell-out crowd of 420.

Rotorua Hospitality Awards

Sharon Wallace, Rotorua Branch President of Restaurant Association of NZ says this was the best awards ceremony to date.

“We are delighted at the amount of support we have received from the local community and the hospitality industry this year. We are always looking at ways to improve the awards and make them bigger and better and can’t wait for 2015.

“The benefits of a peer recognition awards programme that celebrates dedication and excellence not only draws our industry closer but also raises aspirations and performance in the region.

“The awards are about honouring the region’s hospitality industry for their outstanding commitment to this exciting and vibrant business, we would like to congratulate all of the winners and the contribution they continue to make to the industry” says Wallace.

This year’s awards included performances from local dance groups and a popular photo booth.  The awards were created in 2012 to further enhance the local and visitor experience with hospitality in Rotorua.

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2014 Rotorua Hospitality Award Winners

Restaurant Association of NZ Icon of Hospitality

Thomas George

Destination Rotorua People’s Choice

Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant

More FM Outstanding Bar

Brew Craft Beer Pub

Blue Baths Outstanding Barista

Cherrise Karaitiana – Abracadabra Cafe

Beam Global Outstanding Bartender

Mala Waqanimaravu – Cobb & Co

Bidvest Outstanding Café

Capers Epicurean

Skyline Outstanding Caterer

Blue Baths

Unilever Food Solutions Emerging Chef

Digraj Baghela – Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort

Menumate Outstanding Chef

Craig Martin – Peppers on the Point

Inghams Outstanding Hotel Restaurant

Chapman’s Restaurant – Holiday Inn

Service IQ Outstanding Maori Cultural Dining Experience

Mitai Maori Village

Tohu Wines Outstanding Supplier

Gilmours

OneMusic Outstanding Restaurant

Leonardo’s Pure Italian

Rotorua Daily Post Outstanding Takeaway

Oppies Fish & Chips

Waiariki Institute of Technology Outstanding Waiter

Jasdeep Singh – Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant

For more information contact:

Marisa Bidois, CEO Restaurant Association of New Zealand, +64 27 559 7777

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