Popular with industry peers - Mr Pickles bar & eatery.

Popular Hamilton bar and eatery, Mr Pickles has won the supreme award in the Waikato region’s 2021 hospitality awards after receiving the most nominations by their industry peers.

The venue features a flexible menu catering to a wide range of tastes, including a notable cheese selection and changing dessert range.

Held at the Atrium, Wintec, on August 16, the Restaurant Association of New Zealand’s Waikato Hospitality Awards celebrated outstanding hospitality professionals who are making a positive impact on the local café, dining and drinking scene.

A touch of Italy in the heart of Cambridge, Alpino restaurant picked up the award for outstanding establishment of the year, while ULO’s Kitchen won the hearts and stomachs of the locals, winning the people’s choice vote.

Locals looking for an exceptional dining experience can be assured of it this year with Mat McLean of Palate Restaurant awarded the accolade of outstanding chef.

From Clevedon buffalo products, to Canterbury lamb and Raglan mushrooms, Mat was recognised for his outstanding ability to work with local produce in seasonally inspired menus.

The River Kitchen picked up the award for outstanding café for its fresh white tongue ‘n groove interior, friendly staff and high quality produce.

Great service did not go unrecognised with Hayes Common taking out the outstanding front of house team award.

Those looking for a great place to get a drink also won’t be disappointed with the region’s top notch bars recognised.

Clem Weinzettl of Mr. Pickles Bar & Eatery took out the award for outstanding bartender while Wonder Horse won outstanding bar.

Those looking for the best place to get a coffee in the region should head to Sentinel Café, where barista Jasher Clayton won the award for outstanding barista.

Popular bar and eatery Mr Pickles received the supreme award. The supreme award is presented to an establishment who received the most nominations by their hospitality peers across all category awards.

Restaurant Association CEO Marisa Bidois says, “This has been an incredibly challenging year for the industry but the local hospo community continue to deliver exceptional dining experiences.

“The awards are an opportunity to recognise those providing an exceptional experience to the dining community and spread the word about the amazing places there are to drink and eat in the region.”

Waikato Hospitality Awards Winners 2021

Meadow Fresh Outstanding Barista

Jasher Clayton, Sentinel Café

Pernod Ricard Outstanding Bartender

Clem Weinzettl, Mr. Pickles Bar & Eatery

Hospo Start Outstanding Front of House Team

Hayes Common

Bidfresh Outstanding Chef

Mat McLean, Palate Restaurant

Waikato Food Inc. Local Food Hero

Chrissy Houghton, Cream Eatery 

Restaurant Association of NZ Emerging Chef

Chelsea Mendes, Thyme Square Restaurant 

Burns & Ferrall Outstanding New Establishment

Cream Eatery

Menulog Outstanding Street Food/Takeout

Chilli House

Bidfood Outstanding Cafe

The River Kitchen

Waitoa Beer Outstanding Bar

Wonder Horse

OneMusic Ambience & Design


Nova Energy Outstanding Regional Establishment

Punnet Eatery

dinefind Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant

Banh Mi Caphe

Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding Restaurant

Alpino Cambridge

Curiosity Gin Outstanding Sales Rep

Renee Kruger, Burns & Ferrall

Kerr & Ladbrook Outstanding Supplier


Good George Outstanding Caterer

Kerr & Ladbrook Catering

People’s Choice

ULO’s Kitchen

Supreme Award

Mr. Pickles Bar & Eatery

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