Hospitality Business Magazine

Taranaki’s Top Hospo Spots

Outstanding cuisine in Taranaki is alive and well as the results of the Restaurant Association of New Zealand’s regional hospitality awards, held at New Plymouth’s TSB Showplace on September 5, show.

Plant based café Wild Pear Kitchen, located in New Plymouth’s CBD, has won both the Outstanding Café category and the People’s Choice award for providing a haven for lovers of vegetarian and vegan cuisine.

Toret-Cucina Italiana won both the Outstanding Restaurant and Best Regional Establishment titles for its authentic Italian dining, and Jeremy Webling of Fork N Knife was awarded the Outstanding Chef title for his contemporary New Zealand cuisine in a relaxed dining atmosphere.

Coffee culture is also flourishing in the region with Darcy Holden of Proof & Stock Coffee taking out the award for outstanding barista.

Restaurant Association CEO Marisa Bidois says that as hospitality starts its recovery from several challenging years, it is encouraging to see long-established attractions joined by new and emerging venues. “Taranaki is becoming a popular tourist destination attracting both domestic and international visitors so it’s no surprise to see new and innovative hospitality venues cropping up.”

“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 continues to be unpredictable times. It is more important than ever to connect and celebrate one another’s success.”

Taranaki Hospitality Award Winners for 2022

Restaurant Association Outstanding Barista

Darcy Holden, Proof & Stock Coffee

Restaurant Association Outstanding Bartender

Luke Anderson, Shining Peak Brewery

Antipodes Water Outstanding Front of House Team

Shining Peak Brewery

WITT Emerging Chef

Aidan Davis, Snug Lounge

Bidfood Outstanding Chef

Jeremy Webling, Fork N Knife

Simply Squeezed Outstanding Café

Wild Pear Kitchen

Dinefind Outstanding Bar

Shining Peak Brewery

OneMusic Outstanding Ambience & Design

Shining Peak Brewery

Feastival Taranaki Outstanding Regional Establishment

Toret – Cucina Italiana

Shining Peak Brewery Outstanding Restaurant

Toret – Cucina Italiana

Known Unknown Outstanding Wine & Beverage List

The Hour Glass

KDJ Catering Outstanding Sales Rep

Kester Randall, Bidfood New Plymouth

South Taranaki District Council Outstanding Food & Beverage Producer

Juno Gin.

Eftpos NZ Outstanding Supplier

Bidfood New Plymouth

Mediaworks Outstanding People’s Choice

Shining Peak Brewery

Gilmours Supreme Award – Individual

Ajinkya ‘AJ’ Jagdale, The Hour Glass

Gilmours Supreme Award – Establishment

Shining Peak Brewing