The coveted Chevron is a colourful and shapely wooden award, crafted by the talented team at Kilmarnock Enterprises. The trophy is awarded to a hospitality individual or establishment, recognised by their industry peers as being the best in the business.
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.
The Outstanding Bartender has an excellent memory, a sense of humour and a unique personal style. They can make you…well pretty much anything, because they have some great understanding of the products they work with, the environment of the moment plus they have the incredible knack of reading their customer’s needs.
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?
The Outstanding Maitre’d embodies excellent hospitality and understands every element of their service with professionalism and charisma, they are the ‘face’ of their establishment & a great ambassador for the Wellington Hospitality scene.
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.
This individual entered the Wellington 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.
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?
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 unique city.
This is an establishment which offers an array of great food, superb coffee, fabulous staff, a comfortable ambience and standout customer service. This is a place where the Barista knows your name, your order, and quite possibly knows what time you will be dropping in!
Celebrating Wellington’s appetite for great beer. This establishment embodies beer culture and celebrates the craft of beer making. Their staff exemplify this with their excellent knowledge, passion and hospitality.
Wine here reflects both the overall style of the establishment and its menu; it displays an excellent array of multiple wine growing regions in both NZ and abroad, as well as a variety of wine styles. Incredible thought has gone into this wine list, with the venue showing a commitment to both the wine and the menu, through their cellar and their service team.
Celebrating Wellingtons vibrant cocktail culture. This establishment sets the standard for spirits, mixed, shaken, classic, reinvented or even newly created. The bartenders are experienced, knowledgeable and all done with excellent hospitality, every time!
Exciting fast & fresh the kind of food & hospitality at a price that can be enjoyed on a regular basis. Casual Dining/Street Food has changed the way many of us like to eat & the nominees are at the forefront of this movement.
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.
This establishment is the hub of the community and a place where family and friends meet regularly and are also made to feel welcome and relaxed. It has that feeling of a home away from home! This is a place where you know you can pop in on your own or meet a group of friends and the staff will still know your name, Better yet they will know your drink!
This Restaurant has a fantastic a la carte menu complimented by an outstanding wine and beverage list. The establishment has professional and knowledgeable service with a welcoming ambience and style. Consistent and a pleasure to visit and is a complete dining experience.
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.
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!
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.
The Outstanding Hospitality Professional has been a true leader in the Wellington hospitality community for an extended period of time. This person is a well-known personality through their continued involvement in the marketplace and is respected industry-wide for their business achievements and passion for the industry. They are a true brand ambassador for hospitality and willingly give their time and expertise to the next generation.