Hawke’s Bay Hospitality Awards Acknowledge Excellence

The Hawke’s Bay hospitality industry acknowledged the outstanding abilities of their own with the announcement of the winners at an awards ceremony held this evening. The Awards recognise the outstanding hospitality professionals, all of whom making a positive impact on the local café and dining scene. The Restaurant Association of New Zealand are proud to organise and foster these Awards with the main purpose being to unite, grow and promote the Hawke’s Bay hospitality industry. Marisa Bidois, CEO Restaurant Association of New Zealand says “As an industry it’s so important that we take time out to celebrate our success and acknowledge our achievements. We believe it’s important to shine a light on our industry and make sure we are recognized for the contribution we make to our community and economy.  The Hawke’s Bay Hospitality Awards represent the occasion to do just that – celebrate the hard work and success of the hospitality industry within the region. Congratulations to all winners.” With all categories keenly contested, this year’s winners truly exemplify what it means to be at the top of their respective categories. This year’s winners showcase a mix of newcomers with Hapi taking the award for the Outstanding Café of the Year award, Matisse Wine Bar winning both honours in Ambience & Design and Outstanding Wine & Beverage List, and Funbuns winning the Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant of the Year award. Longstanding favourites of the region continue to exemplify the outstanding abilities and talents known to the region, with top honours for Outstanding Restaurant of the Year going to Mister D, and Hawthorne Coffee Roasters taking the award for Outstanding Coffee Establishment of the Year. The coveted People’s Choice Award went to Indigo Napier for a second year and James Beck of Bistronomy was awarded Hospitality Hero of the Year for his dedication to the industry and contributing to the success of Hawke’s Bay hospitality. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony held at the MTG Century Theatre and, afterwards, enjoyed the chance to catch up with their colleagues at an industry party hosted by Shed 2. Click here for more information on the award Facebook @hawkesbayhospitalityawards or Instagram @hbhospoawards

2018 Hawke’s Bay Hospitality Awards Winners

  • Meadow Fresh Outstanding Barista of the Year

Benjamin Fernandez, Georgia on Tennyson

  • Bidfood Hawke’s Bay Outstanding Café of the Year


  • Nova Energy Outstanding Coffee Establishment of the Year

Hawthorne Coffee Roasters

  • Simply Squeezed Outstanding Bartender of the Year

Dave Morris, Funbuns

  • Lion Outstanding Bar of the Year

Monica Loves

  • Unison Fibre Outstanding Local of the Year

Common Room

  • GrabOne Front of House Team of the Year


  • EIT Emerging Chef of the Year

Dylan Olsen, Clearview Estate

  • Service Foods Outstanding Chef of the Year

Ashley Jones, Elephant Hill

  • Clearview Estate Winery Ambience & Design of the Year

Matisse Wine Bar

  • Eftpos NZ Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant of the Year


  • Hãhã Wine Outstanding Wine & Beverage List

Matisse Wine Bar

  • Burns & Ferrall Outstanding Winery Restaurant

Elephant Hill

  • OneMusic Outstanding Restaurant of the Year

Mister D

  • Shed 2 Sales Rep of the Year

Shaye Bird, Liquor King

  • Hawke’s Bay Today People’s Choice – Establishment of the Year

Indigo Napier

  • Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding Hospitality Hero of the Year

James Beck, Bistronomy Posted: 8 August 2018