Celebrating Hospitality Excellence

The vibrancy and variety of the Bay of Plenty’s Hospitality scene were never more evident than at the BOP Hospitality Awards held in August. Mills Reef’s barrel room was full of glitz and glitter as the people who deliver the cream of the Bay’s hospitality were served a superb dinner while they celebrated their own wins and cheered those of others.

Wine writer and broadcaster Yvonne Lorkin hilariously emceed the evening, keeping the award presentations punchy and interesting.

The winner of Best Chef, Ian Harrison from Clarence Bistro, summed it up for the entire industry in a very inclusive speech stressing the importance of consistency in service and food delivery, in ensuring that the regular customers (“the ones who pay our wages”) are always given the best reasons to keep returning.

The awards demonstrated that the Bay’s hospitality scene is coming of age and that as an industry they are determined the region be recognised as a top foodie destination.

Mills Reef Winery People’s Choice           

Real Rad Food

Meadow Fresh Outstanding Barista

Sam Graham, Luca Café

Asahi Premium Beverages Outstanding Bartender

Katie Short, The Barrio Brothers Mount Maunganui

Hospitality Management Systems Outstanding Front of House Team

The Barrio Brothers Tauranga

Bidfood Tauranga Outstanding Chef

Ian Harrison, Clarence Bistro

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Emerging Chef

Joe Noon, Fish Face

Eftpos NZ Outstanding New Venue

Izakai Bar and Eatery

Nourish Magazine Outstanding Café

The General

Monin NZ Outstanding Cocktail Experience

RYE Bar & Grill

Lion NZ Outstanding Bar

The Rising Tide

Bidfood Tauranga Outstanding Casual Dining/Street Food

Johney’s Dumpling House

OneMusic Outstanding Ambience & Design

Clarence Bistro

Nova Energy Outstanding Suburban/Regional Experience

Flatwhite Waihi Beach

Service Foods Outstanding Restaurant

Clarence Bistro

The Recruitment Network Outstanding Caterer

Handcrafted Food

Nib Health Insurance Outstanding Sales Rep

Robbie Moore, Bidfood Tauranga


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