Best New/Redeveloped Bar/Restaurant
· The Hideaway Bar, Wellington
Best Country Hotel
· Theatre Royal Hotel, Kumara, West Coast
Excellence in Host Responsibility
· Christchurch Casino
Excellence in Training and Staff Development
· Delaware North Wellington Airport, Wellington
· Portlander Bar and Grill, Wellington
Excellence in Gaming
· Yardhouse, Hamilton
· Art Deco Masonic Hotel, Napier
Excellence in Customer Service
· Smith and Mackenzie Chophouse, Chartwell, Hamilton
· Spruce Goose, Wellington
· The Occidental, Auckland
Best Music Entertainment Venue
· Dux Live, Christchurch
Best Beverage List
· Indigo Restaurant, Napier
Best Retail Off-Licence
· West Liquor Westgate Centre, Massey, Auckland
Best Dish $25 and Under
· Sugarhorse Bar and Eatery, Christchurch
Best Dish Over $25
· Bolton Hotel, Wellington
Born and trained in the South Island, Bradley Hornby is head chef and owner of Arbour restaurant (formerly Gibb’s on Godfrey) in Blenheim. He spent much of his career in Australia in luxury accommodation and restaurants and moved to Gibbs on Godfrey as executive chef in 2014 purchasing it with his partner in 2015 and renaming it Arbour.
Executive chef and F&B Manager at 1800Restaurant, Copthorne Hotel, Wellington, Chetan started his chef career in New Delhi and moved to New Zealand in 2002. With a cooking style described as ‘modern New Zealand with Indian French influences’, Chetan has worked in several chef roles in Auckland, Hamilton & Palmerston North and has been in his current role in Wellington since 2011. He was a finalist in the Ōra King Award for Best Dish NZ in 2014.
The executive chef at Artisan Restaurant in Wellington’s Bolton Hotel, MacLean spent much of his youth outdoors creating a direct connection with wild food. He has always enjoyed experiencing new food and cultures spending time in Rarotonga, Kuala Lumpur and the Maldives between stints in New Zealand.
Makoto Tokuyama is owner and chef of Cocoro in Ponsonby, Auckland. In 2000 he arrived in Auckland from Japan on a working visa returning permanently in 2003 to spend eight years as executive chef of Soto Restaurant in Ponsonby. He opened Cocoro, in 2010. Makoto was awarded the Ōra King Award for Best Dish NZ in 2013 and was a finalist in the Best Ambassador NZ category in 2014.
South African-born Nick Honeyman is well known in the cosmopolitan Auckland dining scene and has recently finished a stint working and managing his restaurant Le Petit Leon in France. He has also worked in Australia and Japan. Nick joined The French Café in Auckland in 2009 before moving on to several head chef roles in the city including The Commons and Sofitel. He was a finalist in the Ōra King Award for Best Ambassador NZ in 2014.