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Christchurch Hospitality Awards acknowledges excellence in the region

27 August 2018

The Christchurch hospitality industry acknowledged the outstanding abilities of its own with the announcement of the winners at an awards ceremony held this evening.

City Bistro, Twenty Seven Steps had an incredible night, receiving accolades for its exceptional service, warm ambiance and classic menu. The restaurant took out awards for front of house team, emerging chef, outstanding chef and outstanding restaurant of the year.

The Awards recognise the outstanding hospitality professionals, all of whom are making a positive impact on the local café and dining scene. The Restaurant Association of New Zealand are proud to organise and foster these Awards with the main purpose being to unite, grow and promote the Christchurch hospitality industry.

Bastion of the local community, Hello Sunday received the coveted people’s choice award for establishment of the year.

Housed in an 18th century post office building, the café has become known for its great coffee and day time menu serving as a connection point for the Sydenham community.

Recognition also went out to newcomer Smokey T’ otherwise known as Tristan Anderson, for his pop up BBQ joint. Anderson gave up life as an executive chef at the Dux chain of restaurants just after the earthquake to focus on his unique brand of barbecuing and took out awards for breakthrough talent of the year and pop up establishment.

Creative new fitouts have also been a key feature of a new breed of hospitality establishments in the city, with Amazonita awarded for its outstanding ambiance and design.

Individual dedication to the industry and craft were also recognised. Paul Howells at Twenty Seven Steps was awarded outstanding chef and James Quinn of Boo Radley’s voted as outstanding manager of the year.

The coveted Hospitality Hero of the Year was awarded to Michael Turner of Valentino for his dedication to the industry and contributing to the success of Christchurch hospitality.

Marisa Bidois, CEO Restaurant Association of New Zealand says “We’ve seen a real resurgence of the hospitality scene in Christchurch in the past year in particular. With more openings in the central city, there is a dedicated group of individuals committed to attracting diners back into the city again. These are a creative, community focused lot that recognise the role great hospitality establishments play in the rebuilding of their city.

“As an industry it’s so important that we take time out to celebrate our success and acknowledge our achievements. We believe it’s important to shine a light on our industry and make sure we are recognised for the contribution we make to our community and economy. The Christchurch Hospitality Awards represent the occasion to do just that – celebrate the hard work and success of the hospitality industry within the region. Congratulations to all winners.”

With all categories keenly contested, this year’s winners truly exemplify what it means to be at the top of their respective categories.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony held at the Isaac Theatre Royal, guests then enjoyed the chance to catch up with their colleagues over a local offering of food and beverage and entertainment by Sweet Mix Kids. 


2018 Christchurch Hospitality Awards Winners

  • Meadow Fresh Outstanding Barista of the Year - Devon Boyd, Black and White Coffee Cartel
  • Hellers Outstanding Café of the Year - Little Pom's
  • Jameson Outstanding Bartender of the Year- Gina Johns, The Last Word
  • Federal Merchants & Co Outstanding Bar of the Year - O.G.B.
  • ARA Institute of Canterbury Emerging Hospo Professional of the Year - Aydin Coskun, Red Light District
  • Menumate Outstanding Front of House Team of the Year - Twenty Seven Steps
  • GrabOne Outstanding Manager of the Year - Jo Corkery, Twenty Seven Steps
  • Southern Hospitality Emerging Chef of the Year - Maki Matsumoto, Twenty Seven
  • Burns & Ferrall Outstanding Chef of the Year - Paul Howells, Twenty Seven Steps
  • Eaton Drink Co Pop Up Establishment of the Year - Smokey T’s
  • iMonitor Outstanding New Establishment of the Year - 5th Street
  • OneMusic Outstanding Ambience & Design - Amazonita
  • Crombie Lockwood Outstanding Central City Establishment of the Year - Craft Embassy
  • Eftpos NZ Outstanding Regional Establishment of the Year - Pegasus Bay Winery & Restaurant
  • Harrows Outstanding Restaurant of the Year - Twenty Seven Steps
  • The Recruitment Network Outstanding Caterer of the Year - Eaton Drink Co
  • McCarthy Outstanding Sales Rep of the Year - Megan O'Neill, Hop and Vine
  • NZI Outstanding Supplier of the Year - Good Honest Products
  • First Table People’s Choice Establishment of the Year - Hello Sunday
  • Isaac Theatre Royal Hospo Hero of the Year - Michael Turner, Café Valentino
  • Trents Wholesale Supreme Crew Members of the Year - Twenty Seven Steps
  • Trents Wholesale Supreme Breakthrough Talent of the Year - Smokey T’s
  • Trents Wholesale Supreme Establishment of the Year - Pegasus Bay Winery & Restaurant
  • Trents Wholesale Supreme Supplier of the Year - Eaton Drink Co
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