2018 Manawatu Hospitality Award Results

Bidfood Restaurant of the Year:

The establishment offers a fine menu, service and welcoming ambience. It has ease
of access and professional, well-tuned waiting staff.
1st Amayjen
2nd Little Savanna


Stonecold Distributors Ethnic Restaurant of the Year:

The establishment offers a fine menu, service and welcoming ambience and reflects authentic national cuisine. It has ease of access and professional, well-tuned waiting staff.
1st Yatai Izakaya Restaurant
2nd Haru Japanese Restaurant


Davis Food Ingredients Café of the Year:

The café offers vibrancy, with personable staff. It’s in tune with
current café trends and expectations. The coffee is superb with great food and slick service.
1st The Elm Café
2nd Local Café & Eatery

Nestlé Professional Conference and Event Venue of the Year:

An organisation that provides the complete
professional service package that exceeds the client’s expectations every step of the way.
1st Orlando Country Club
2nd Wharerata Function Centre

Riverlea Caterer of the Year:

An individual or company which provides quality food and beverage menus served by
professional staff with consummate decorum. They heed all requirements of the event and anticipate every contingency.
1st Crafted and Co
2nd Not Now James Catering


Tootill Electrical Takeaway of the Year:

The takeaway provides quality fast food along with exceptional customer service. Offers value and variety.
1st Burger Fuel
2nd Saigon Corner

Gilmours Central Pub of the Year:

Friendly, comfortable surrounds. Good food and beverage and service with a smile.
1st Brew Union
2nd Celtic Inn


MHA Bar/Night Spot of the Year:

Great atmosphere and music with a broad selection of drinks. Trendy,fashionable night spot. The place to be seen.
1st The Brewers Apprentice
2nd Bubbles Champagne and Wine Bar

Nominated and voted by the region’s hospitality industry

NZME Supplier of the Year:

Consistent and prompt product delivery. Committed to top quality and innovative products. Demonstrates customer loyalty.
1st Davis Trading
2nd Bidfood


Restaurant Association of NZ Hospitality Personality of the Year:

An award for an individual, whoover an extended period of time, has shown outstanding commitment to the betterment of Manawatu’s hospitality industry.
The winner will be a well known personality through their continued involvement in the marketplace and will be respected industry-wide for business achievements.
Scott Kennedy (Nero) 

Chef’s Choice Chef of the Year:

An inspiration in all aspects of cooking. Creates great food and runs a superb,
consistent kitchen.
1st Grant Kitchen (Brew Union)
2nd Scott Gillespie (Manawatu Golf Course)


Ebony Coffee Barista of the Year:

Professional and passionate about coffee making. Evaluates coffee- making to a true art form.
1st Elise McIlroy (Coffee in a Box)
2nd Abi Lassing (Ebony Coffee Roasters)


UCOL Emerging Chef of the Year:

A person showing the potential to become an outstanding chef. Shows great work ethic, attitude and is passionate about cooking.
1st Ashlee Tanner (Amayjen)
2nd Tim Rees (Brew Union)


BCE Catering Equipment Maitre d’ / F&B Host of the Year:

Demonstrates pace with grace and a totally unflappable nature. This genuine ‘personality’ simply and consistently delivers the very best.
1st Grace Farrington (Aberdeen on Broadway)
2nd Jenni May (Amayjen)


Steinlager Waiter of the Year:

Has full knowledge of food and beverage products. Uses initiative, is perceptive, tactful and has a great personality. Good sales ability, sound skills, always well-groomed and a team player.
1st Isabelle Ellingham (Little Savanna)
2nd Annie Novel (The Elm)


Hospitality NZ Bartender of the Year:

Superb product knowledge, amiable and discrete, with a unique personal style. Must possess excellent memory skills and sense of humour.
1st Matt Jenner (Brew Union)
2nd Thomas Griggs (Rose & Crown)