Rotorua hospitality industry recognises the best

Rotorua hospitality industry recognises the best

The Rotorua Hospitality Awards are a means to support and recognise the calibre of talent within Rotorua hospitality, as recognised by industry peers. Tried and true favourites were crowned winners this year, alongside some new faces and places making a significant impact on places to eat in Rotorua. 

With the awards in its sixth year, new categories were created to further acknoledge the diverse hospitality experience provided for both visitors and locals. 

The President of the Rotorua Branch of the Restaurant Association, Sharon Wallace says, “the results that came in were extremely close, showing the depth of talent that we have in Rotorua in our food and beverage offerings."

Rotorua cafes were all well represented in the winners circle this year with Third Place Cafe, Artisan Cafe and Ciccio Italian Cafe all taking out top spots in each of their categories. Andrew Phillips of Revolver Espresso secured the Outstanding Barista Award.

Outstanding Restaurant went to Atticus Finch and Brew Craft Beer Pub  took out Outstanding Bar, both located on the popular EatStreat.

2017 Rotorua Hospitality Awards Winners

- More FM Outstanding Barista: Andrew Phillips, Revolver Espresso
- Bidfood Rotorua Outstanding Cafe:Third Place Cafe
- Indian Star Emerging Business: Artisan Cafe
- Skyline Rotorua Outstanding Sales Representative: Nick Patel, Fenton Quality Produce
- Restaurant Association of New Zealand Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant: Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant
- Gilmours Tauranga Outstanding Takeout: Oppies Fish & Chips
- Simply Pure Outstanding Bartender: Mayur Keluskar, Rydges Rotorua
- Monin Outstanding Bar: Brew Craft Beer Pub
- Menumate Point of Sale Outstanding Front of House Team: Indian Star Tandoori
- Service IQ Emerging Chef: Binoy MB, Skyline Rotorua
- Ingham's NZ Outstanding Chef: Alan Haslem, Regent of Rotorua
- OneMusic Outstanding Restaurant: Atticus Finch
- Events & Venues Rotorua Excellence in Event Hospitality: Crankworx Rotorua
- Rotorua Lakes Council People's Choice: Ciccio Italian Cafe
- Tohu Wines Icon of Hospitality: Bruce Thomasen