Hawke's Bay Hospo Awards

WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN THE 2014 HAWKE’S BAY HOSPITALITY AWARDS

For the seventh year in a row, the exceptional people and establishments that make up the hospitality industry in Hawke’s Bay have been announced.  The Hospitality Awards are for the industry, by the industry and over the last two months industry workers, owners, chefs, waiters, bartenders, baristas, suppliers and sales rep’s have nominated and then voted for who they think is the MOST OUTSTANDING in the 15 award categories.

Organisers Food Hawke’s Bay, a membership organisation for food businesses in the region, are once again delighted with the response to the event.  Event Organiser, Adele Fitzgerald says “The number of votes received this year was greater than last year, an endorsement that the industry values the awards as a means to support and recognise each other.”

Ms Fitzgerald said “This year, a new category, the Elephant Hill sponsored Outstanding Emerging Restaurant was introduced, to reflect the number of new establishments that have opened in the region in recent months. With every establishment and their workers striving to offer their best, each category was keenly contested and the winners are to be congratulated on a job well done.”

Renowned chef Ben Bayly of The Grove and Baduzzi Restaurants in Auckland was once again guest judge for the NZ King Salmon sponsored Outstanding Supporting Chef category which was conducted by application only.  Bayly said “I am really thrilled to see that three of the four Finalists were young women all eager to do well in an intense industry”.  This category has now seen two winners from the kitchen of Jeremy Rameka’s Pacifica Restaurant, with Harata Neera taking the honours this year.

A special award was presented to outgoing Food Hawke’s Bay Manager, Vicky Rope who was responsible for introducing the Hospitality Awards to Hawke’s Bay in 2008.  Without this event there would be no benchmark for industry workers to strive to meet, as the awards serve to promote excellence in hospitality.

The winners were announced in front of a crowd of over 300 hospitality staff at an awards ceremony at the MTG Century Theatre and afterwards enjoyed the chance to catch up with their colleagues at an industry party at East Pier, Ahuriri.

The winners of the 2014 Hawke’s Bay Hospitality Awards are:

  • Sacred Hill Outstanding Chef
David Griffiths, Mister D

  • Eftpos Specialists Front of House Personality
Kim Davis, Deliciosa Tapas & Wine Room

  • Foxton Fizz Outstanding Café Experience
Milk and Honey

  • EIT Outstanding Front of House Team
Mister D

  • Napier i-Site Outstanding Barista
Andrew Feldon, Hawthorne Coffee

  • Elephant Hill Outstanding Emerging Restaurant
Mamacita

  • Orton Catering Outstanding Winery Experience
Clearview Estate Winery

  • Restaurant Association Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant
Indigo – Napier

  • Basepoint Outstanding Local
Rose and Shamrock Village Inn

  • Grande Gourmet Outstanding Established Restaurant
Mister D

  • Food Hawke’s Bay Outstanding Supplier/Sales Rep
Lisa Clarke, Clearview Estate Winery

  • Zeelandt Brewery Outstanding Winery Restaurant
Clearview Estate Winery Restaurant

  • Steinlager Pure Outstanding Establishment
Emporium Eatery & Bar

  • Regal Marlborough Salmon Supporting Chef
Harata Neera, Pacifica Restaurant

  • Clearview Estate Best Ambience/Style
Emporium Eatery & Bar

  • Dhall & Nash Outstanding Wine & Beverage List
Deliciosa Tapas & Wine Room

                                                               


Hospo Finalists announced for 2014

Workers and associates of the Hawke’s Bay hospitality sector have spoken and the Finalists for the Hawke’s Bay Hospitality Awards 2014 have been announced.

Only people in the industry are eligible to make a nomination, naming who they think best deserves to be recognised.  This formula promotes excellence within hospitality and raises the performance of workers striving to be the best.

The finalist list includes some establishments and personnel who are highly regarded amongst the industry, proving they have stood the test of time and also recognised are new, emerging establishments offering a fresh and innovative dining experience to the region.  Vicky Rope, Manager Food Hawke’s Bay, organiser of the event said “it’s great to have such a high calibre of finalists, such as the coffee baristas that have represented NZ in championships, and the return of long running establishments standing their ground in a busy dining market”.

The next phase of the event sees the industry vote for one of the four finalists in each category and the person or establishment that receives the most votes in their category will be announced as the winner at an awards ceremony to be held at the MTG Century Theatre, on Monday 19th May 2014.

As with any event that relies on sponsorship there are challenges in the current business environment, but we are extremely fortunate to have returning sponsors involved and also welcome new sponsors Zeelandt Brewery producing hand crafted boutique beers;  Basepoint a local company bringing global supply advantages to meet local demand; the Napier i-Site whose team of experts help locals and visitors to find the best cafes around and Elephant Hill offering premium wines, fine dining and an idyllic location.

These awards can only be held because of the generous support of all the sponsor companies.
The 2014 finalists in each of the sponsored categories are:

Orton Catering Outstanding Winery Experience
Clearview Estate Winery
Black Barn Vineyard
Elephant Hill
Craggy Range

Foxton Fizz Outstanding Café Experience
Milk & Honey
F.G.Smith Eatery
Adoro Cafe
Taste Cornucopia

Steinlager Pure Outstanding Establishment
Shed 2
Rose & Shamrock
Common Room
Emporium

Restaurant Association Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant
Indigo
Namaskar India Restaurant
Restaurant Indonesia
Mamacita

Zeelandt Brewery Outstanding Winery Restaurant
Clearview Estate Winery Restaurant
Elephant Hill
Terroir at Craggy Range
Black Barn Bistro

Dhall & Nash Outstanding Wine & Beverage List
Deliciosa
Common Room
Mister D
Milk & Honey

EIT Outstanding Front of House Team
Deliciosa
Pacifica
Mister D
Emporium

Eftpos Specialists Outstanding Front of House Personality
Kees Peters, Restaurant Indonesia
Prue Barton, Mister D
Chris Dobson, Emporium
Kim Davis, Deliciosa

Grande Gourmet Outstanding Established Restaurant
Pacifica
Mister D
Deliciosa
Milk & Honey

Elephant Hill Outstanding Emerging Restaurant
Mahia St Kitchen
Mexi Mama
Mamacita
Emporium

Clearview Estate Winery Best Ambience and Style
Mister D
Emporium
Mamacita
Mission Estate Restaurant

Sacred Hill Outstanding Chef
Paolo Pancotti, Molto Italian Kitchen
Cliff Fernandes Emporium
David Griffiths, Mister D
James Beck, Taste Cornucopia

Napier i-Site Outstanding Barista
Andrew Feldon, Hawthorne Coffee
Al Borrie, Box Espresso Bar
Hans Seitzinger, Adoro Cafe
Ben Simcox, Groove Kitchen

Basepoint Outstanding Local
Rose Irish Pub
Westshore Inn
Rose & Shamrock
Common Room

Food Hawke’s Bay Outstanding Sales Rep/Supplier
Lisa Clarke, Clearview Estate Winery
David Thompson, Grande Gourmet
Steve Olley, Elephant Hill
Jan Patulski, Vetro Fine Foods

Regal Marlborough Salmon Supporting Chef
Harata Neera, Pacifica Restaurant
Andrea Davis, Mister D
Joe Smith, Emporium
Courtney Booth, Mint Restaurant

Media release - 6th March 2014

Hospo to nominate the best

The Hawke’s Bay Hospitality Awards 2014 nominations open to the industry on Thursday 6th March.  The event, running for the 7th year, has become an important part of the region’s event calendar.  It identifies the diligent workers in all areas of Hospitality and acknowledges their achievements.

To keep the event current and recognise industry trends, a new category has been introduced and an existing category revised:

  • The Elephant Hill Outstanding Emerging Restaurant is to reflect the vibrancy of the current hospitality market and recognises the emergence of many new dining establishments in the region.  Restaurants eligible for this category will have opened within the last two years (since 6 March 2012) or be an existing hospitality business under new ownership since that date.

  • The Grande Gourmet Outstanding Restaurant category criteria has been renamed Outstanding Established Restaurant to reflect the establishments that have stood the test of time, have proven themselves to be dependable and reliable, often in a competitive market place.

New sponsor, Elephant Hill’s Marketing Manager Vince Labat says ‘Elephant Hill is delighted to support these emerging restaurants that offer a fresh and innovative dining experience for locals and visitors alike, places that reflect current dining trends. The Hospitality Awards has become an important part of the industry, giving people in Hawke’s Bay the chance to shine.’

The Hospitality Awards voting process is open only to the Hospitality Industry in Hawke’s Bay (Wairoa to Dannevirke) which allows workers to nominate who they believe is the best in up to 15 different categories.

The nominations are then counted and the top four become finalists in each category where the industry will again vote for the MOST OUTSTANDING in the industry.

“The awards are a means of reassuring members of the public that these establishments and the people within the industry are worthy of recognition and makes their dining choices easier” Manager of Food Hawke’s Bay, Vicky Rope says.

Events like this do not happen without the support of sponsor businesses they truly believe in this industry and are willing to be part of an exciting event like this one. Mrs Rope says “we are very pleased to have our inaugural sponsors on board once again and also welcome new sponsors Zeelandt Brewery, Napier i-Site, Basepoint and Elephant Hill for this years’ event.”

Categories for 2014 include:
  • Orton Catering Outstanding Winery Experience
  • Foxton Fizz Outstanding Café Experience
  • Steinlager Pure Outstanding Establishment
  • Restaurant Association Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant
  • Zeelandt Brewery Outstanding Winery Restaurant
  • Dhall & Nash Outstanding Wine & Beverage List
  • EIT Outstanding Front of House Team
  • Eftpos Specialists Outstanding Front of House Personality
  • Sacred Hill Outstanding Chef
  • Napier i-Site Outstanding Barista
  • Basepoint Outstanding ‘Local’
  • Grande Gourmet Outstanding Established Restaurant
  • Elephant Hill Outstanding Emerging Restaurant
  • Clearview Estate Best Ambience/Style
  • Food Hawke’s Bay Outstanding Supplier / Sales Rep
  • Regal Marlborough Salmon Supporting Chef

Members of the public can enjoy following the voting process as the best of the best unfolds in Hawke’s Bay.

If you are part of the Hospitality Industry and need further information on how the nomination and voting process works please go to our website www.hbhospoawards.co.nz.  Finalists will be announced on 14 April at a media launch with the winners being announced at the Awards evening on the 19th May followed by a huge celebration.

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