Hospitality awards recognise quality

The Sundeck bartender William Prior was named best bartender and "supreme crew member'' at the...
The Sundeck bartender William Prior was named best bartender and "supreme crew member'' at the Queenstown Hospitality Awards, announced in the resort on Sunday night. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Queenstown is now a "force to be reckoned with'' in hospitality, Restaurant Association of New Zealand chief executive Marisa Bidois says.

On Sunday night, representatives of the resort's hospitality industry gathered at Skyline Queenstown for the annual Queenstown Hospitality Awards, organised by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand to recognise, unite, grow and promote the industry in Queenstown.

Japanese restaurant Tanoshi took out two of the top accolades, being named outstanding city centre bar and winning people's choice for outstanding establishment.

The Sundeck was named outstanding bar and its bartender, William Prior, was named best bartender and "supreme crew member'', while La Rumbla, in Arrowtown, won best front-of-house team and Elisa Bellei, of Botswana Butchery, was named best waiter.

John Pickens, of Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan, was named best chef and Karan Dhillon, of Slow Cuts, took home the award for the top emerging chef.

Bespoke Kitchen won the award for best local cafe and White and Wongs picked up the award for outstanding ambience and design.

Ms Bidois said it was important hospitality staff took time to celebrate their success and acknowledge their 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.

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

 

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