Presented by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand, the awards acknowledge the outstanding hospitality professionals and businesses in the region.
Association chief executive Marisa Bidois said that as hospitality started to recover after a few challenging years, it was encouraging to see long-established hospitality attractions joined by new and emerging venues.
” The awards give us an opportunity to promote the local hospitality community, bringing people together to recognize our achievements in what continues to be unpredictable times. ”
Arc, situated in Evansdale, north of Dunedin, also won the award for best regional establishment.
Dunedin pub-cocktail lounge Woof! picked up five awards, including supreme establishment.
Katrina Toovey, who has owned 11 businesses in the region, won the supreme individual award.
Her restaurant, No 7 Balmac, was also a finalist for outstanding restaurant.
People’s choice: Arc Brewing Co.
Supreme individual: Katrina Toovey.
Supreme establishment: Woof !.
Outstanding: bartender, Chloe Bennett, No 7 Balmac; bartender, Seb Coxon-Aristizabal, Woof !; front of house team, Woof !; chef, Ayumi Satozaki, Jizo Japanese Restaurant; street food / casual dining, Comes First Diner; cafe, Side On; bar, Woof !; ambience and design, Woof !; regional establishment, Arc Brewing Co; restaurant, Titi; sales rep, Keri Johnston, Bidfood Dunedin; food and beverage producer, Havoc Farm Pork; supplier, Bidfood Dunedin. Emerging chef: Danny Howlett, Carey’s Bay Hotel.
– Staff Reporter