Finalists named in Southern Lakes Hospitality Awards –

Finalists named in Southern Lakes Hospitality Awards –

The finalists have been announced at the Southern Lakes Hospitality awards and locals are being invited to vote for their favorite place to dine out.

The finalists represent excellent dining establishments in the region as voted by the hospitality industry, including Queenstown restaurant Jervois Steakhousenominated in four award categories, including outstanding restaurant.

Also up for outstanding restaurant is Ben Bayly’s Arrowtown restaurant Aosta, a small 50 seat restaurant that brings a taste of Northern Italy to the gold-rush village of Arrowtown. The restaurant is nominated in the category of outstanding restaurants, and best regional establishments.

Aosta and Jervois Steak House will be going up against Oro Restaurant and Sherwood Queenstown who are also nominated for the outstanding restaurant award.

Situated in newly opened The Carlin boutique hotel, Oro is a fine-dining restaurant with modern French, British and New Zealand influences. It’s chefs Yann Robert and Beata Balogh have both been recognized in the categories for best chef and best emerging chef respectively.

Yann Robert has esteemed competition from Sam Gruar of La Rumbla; Koji Kiminai of Tanoshi and Ben Norfolk of The Bunker all up to the outstanding chef accolade.

Great cafes are not lacking in the region with 11th Avenue by Frank’s, Bespoke Kitchen, Odd Saint, The Boat Shed Cafe & Bistro all finalists in the category of outstanding cafe.

Those looking for a place to get a great drink won’t be disappointed with the region’s assortment of top-notch drinking establishments recognized.

Bardeaux, Ferg’s Bar, Little Blackwood and Little Mez are all contenders for the title of best bar while Botswana Butchery, Eichardt’s Bar, Jervois Steak House Queenstown and The Bunker are all recognized in the category of best winery restaurant.

Anyone looking for the best quick and tasty place to grab a bite should check out Francesca’s Mobile Pizza, Margo’s Queenstown, Ramen Ramen by Tanoshi and Taco Medic who are all nominated for outstanding street food/casual dining.

Nineteen awards will be given to the best of the region’s hospitality industry. From crew members, to suppliers, to establishments – the best of the best will be celebrated for their contribution to creating a world-class hospitality scene in the Queenstown and Southern Lakes area.

CEO Marisa Bidois says, “Queenstown is now a destination dining experience offering exceptional experiences in some of the world’s most stunning settings.

“From quick and easy street eats, to luxury winery restaurant experiences, Queenstown has it all.

“With all categories keenly contested, this year’s winners truly exemplify what it means to be at the top of their respective categories.”

Voting closes on Sunday, 23 April 5.00pm and the winners will then be announced at the awards evening on Monday, May 7 at Walter Peak in Queenstown.

Tickets to the event are on sale now, to purchase or for more information regarding the awards please visit For more information regarding the awards please visit, Facebook @qthospitalityawards

The Southern Lakes Hospitality Awards Finalists 2023

DineFind Outstanding Baristas

Lauren Peters, Beach St Cafe

Michaela Jandackova, Kamana Lakehouse

Liam Wright, The Boat Shed Cafe & Bistro

Alex Tong, Wolf Coffee Roasters

Hospo Start Outstanding Bartender

Shaun White, Eichardt’s Bar

Kate Marshall, Jervois Steak House Queenstown

Liam Cabourn, Little Blackwood

Stuart Campbell, Little Mez

Antipodes Outstanding Front of House Team

Botswana Butchery

Jervois Steak House Queenstown

Margo’s Queenstown

Tanoshi Cow Lane

Mt Cook Alpline Salmon Emerging Chef

Beata Balogh, Oro Restaurant

Bella Maroszek, The Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

Brandon Ferrari, Flame Bar & Grill

Callum Plank, The Bunker

Ritu Sharma, Kamana Lakehouse

Hospo Start Emerging Front of House

Brooke Owens, Slow Cuts

Ratchadaporn Tongjan, Thai Siam Kitchen

Jacob Bull, The Grille by Eichardt’s

Samaria Spyker, Vudu Cafe & Larder

Anchor Food Professional Outstanding Chef

Yann Robert, Oro Restaurant

Sam Gruar, La Rumbla

Koji Kiminami, Tanoshi

Ben Norfolk , The Bunkers

DineFind Outstanding Street Food/Casual Dining

Francesca’s Mobile Pizza

Margo’s Queenstown

Ramen Ramen by Tanoshi

Taco Medic

Bidfood Outstanding Café

11th Avenue by Frank’s

Bespoke Kitchen

Odd Saint

The Boat Shed Cafe & Bistro

Southern Hospitality Outstanding Bar


Ferg’s Bar


Little Mez

Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding Wine & Beverage List

Botswana Butchery

Eichardt’s Bar

Jervois Steak House Queenstown

The Bunkers

Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding Winery Restaurants

Gibbston Valley


Mora Wines & Artisan Kitchen


OneMusic Outstanding Ambience & Design

Ferg’s Bar

Hyde Liquor and Social

Tanoshi Five Mile


DineFind Outstanding Regional Establishments



Bannockburn Hotel

The Dishery

Lumina Lamb Outstanding Restaurant


Jervois Steak House Queenstown

Oro Restaurant

Sherwood Queenstown

Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding Sales Rep

Ross Mander, Canyon Brewing

Theo Arndt, Cardrona Distillery

Karen Bisacre, Pernod Ricard

Devan Tyler, Wolf Coffee Roasters

Real NZ Outstanding Supplier


Crisp NZ

Harbor Fish

Pernod Ricard

Wolf Coffee Roasters