That manager or maitre d’ who’s in control, can handle the chaos, and still makes time for you in a sea of other customers...
They know what you fancy, before you approach the bar... And their spectacular concoctions always get you on a good buzz.
You might never see them, but you’ve definitely had a few successful dates with their food. Whether they know how to make your dream bowl of chips or can quenelle like a boss, this is the chef that keeps you coming back for their inspiring dishes, time and time again.
The best baristas know your name, coffee order, and your trim or full-fat preference. They’re quick with their tampering and grinding, without compromising the quality of your brew.
This stellar service team work together to ensure each glass in the room is never empty, can answer any trivial menu questions you throw at them, mind their P's and Q's and always remember to ask you the important age old question - "would you like some cracked pepper with that?". Which gang of waiters and waitresses know what it takes to keep you happy as Larry?
They know what you need and when you need it, before you’ve even thought about it. This is the sales rep that lightens the load and lightens the mood.
They’re a phone call away from providing whatever goods and services you need. They keep your ship sailing straight and your sail full of air!
It’s the little things that distinguish the good caterers from the great. Whether they whip out their rulers to set tables, avoid spilling red wine on the guests, or produce kick-ass food that turn the dullest of functions, into must-attend events.
Whether they present themselves on wheels, a trestle table, or out of a container, their loyal customers will follow them regardless of wherever they may pop up next.
This individual entered the Canterbury hospo scene in 2017 and have been bringing a whole new energy to the industry ever since. They’re either turning heads on the cafe floor, bringing innovative ideas to the table, or nailing the big jobs as well as the smaller, less glamorous tasks. Everyone wants this person on their team.
These are the new kids who have opened or reopened their doors during the last year, bringing something exciting, different, and maybe a little bit quirky to our growing city.
This aspiring chef has had their fair share of dishy duties - and now it's time for them to really shine. Their vast, worldly knowledge of food leads you to suspect they've been sleeping with their cook books again, and you don't doubt for a second that they've been up all night practicing with the rate they're dicing onions these days. Which up & coming chef is making you go back for seconds every time?
Sure, their coffee
is good and they know how to flawlessly poach an egg, but it's more than just
the menu that keeps you coming back to this establishment. Perhaps their open
space and natural lighting makes it the perfect spot to crack down and do some work, their fit out makes you feel like you've just walked into a design interior magazine, or maybe they've got a great playlist to chill out to and comfortable seating
that moulds perfectly to your behind.
Cafes all provide similar things, but which one is doing those everyday things the best? That is the question...
It’s the weekend and you’re deciding which bar to head to after a long week at work. Where are you and your mates always guaranteed a good time?
This restaurant never disappoints. What comes out of the kitchen is flawless, you can’t fault the service, and to top it off, they’ve nailed the decor. Heck, this may be what love feels like.
This is somewhere that you would invest time in driving. The petrol or screaming kids in the back are a distant memory once you’ve eaten here. Who’s delivering that kind of experience in Canterbury but outside of Christchurch’s city limits?
This establishment is coaxing the people out of hiding and pumping life back inside the four aves of the Central City – whether they’re offering impeccable cheese scones, an exceptionally stocked bar, or the best fine dining experience for city goers.
This is an establishment that excels in Customer Service, consistency in food preparation and delivery, welcoming ambience and style, attention to detail and is always willing to go that extra mile.
This award is dished out to the industry member who has gone above and beyond in 2018, as nominated by their hospitality peers...