Rotorua Hospitality awards reach another milestone

April 15, 2014 • Events

Marisa Bidois (CEO Restaurant Association) of NZ with Simon Kerr, winner of Outstanding Barista 2013.

Marisa Bidois (CEO Restaurant Association) of NZ with Simon Kerr, winner of Outstanding Barista 2013.

The Restaurant Association of New Zealand is pleased to announce nominations for the Rotorua Hospitality Awards 2014 are now open.

The awards are about honouring the region’s hospitality industry for their outstanding commitment to this exciting and vibrant business and have fast become a mark of peer recognition in the Rotorua hospitality scene.

For the first time in the events history the awards will be open for public vote, due to the addition of a people’s choice award.

“This is a landmark development for the awards “says Sharon Wallace, Rotorua Branch President of Restaurant Association of NZ.

“We have always wanted to include the Rotorua public as we believe they are an important part of the process.

We are excited to hold these awards in Rotorua, as we believe that the benefits of a peer recognition awards programme that celebrates dedication and excellence not only draws our industry closer but also raises aspirations and performance in the region.”

This is the third year for the awards which were created to further enhance the local and visitor experience with hospitality in Rotorua. Finalists in each category will be announced on Tuesday, 20 May along with the voting criteria. The winners will be announced at the awards evening held at the Rotorua Convention Centre on Sunday, 29 June.

2014 categories include:

  • More FM Outstanding Bar
  • Blue Baths Outstanding Barista
  • Beam Global Outstanding Bartender
  • Bidvest Outstanding Café
  • Skyline Rotorua Outstanding Caterer
  • Menu Mate Outstanding Chef
  • Unilever Food Solutions Emerging Chef
  • Inghams Outstanding Hotel Restaurant
  • Service IQ Outstanding Maori Cultural Dining Experience
  • One Music Outstanding Restaurant
  • Tohu Wines Outstanding Supplier
  • Rotorua Daily Post Outstanding Takeaway
  • Waiariki Institute of Technology Outstanding Waiter
  • Destination Rotorua Marketing Peoples Choice Award
  • Restaurant Association of NZ Icon Award

For more information on the voting process and how you can be part of the event or to vote online, visit

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