Auckland's hospitality Oscars, ‘The Lewisham Awards’ went off with a hiss and a roar last night, down at Shed 10 on Auckland’s waterfront. The awards, established 14 years ago, are named in honour of colourful hospitality entrepreneur Richard Lewisham who helped establish the modern day eating and drinking scene in the ‘City of Sails’.
The Lewisham’s recognise the finest restaurants, bars, suppliers and people for their outstanding contributions to hospitality. Each year the hospo community nominate and vote for their heroes in 17 categories. As the proud sponsor of the ‘Outstanding Waiter’ category, Crombie Lockwood Marketing Communications Manager Daryl Hughes had the honour of announcing Des Dillon (Soul Bar) as the winner. Congratulations Des and finalists; Sheridan Irvine (Regatta), Jeremy Ellis (Baduzzi) & Adrian Doss (The Grill by Sean Connolly).
Following the ceremony the restaurant association threw the party of the year. Guests were treated to a live band, DJ, drinks and delicious gourmet street food. It was an exceptional night of talent, fun and celebration.
Well done to all the winners:
Angostura Outstanding Bartender: Kate Rose, Mea Culpa
Beam Suntory Outstanding Bar: Mea Culpa
L'affare Outstanding Coffee Establishment/Barista: EightThirty
Crombie Lockwood Outstanding Waiter: Des Dillon, Soul Bar
EuroVintage Outstanding Wine List: The Grove
General Digital Outstanding Maitre d': Ash Visvanathan, Woodpecker Hill
Gilmours Outstanding Chef: Michael Meredith, Meredith's
Menumate Outstanding New Venue: Woodpecker Hill
Aotearoa Fisheries Emerging Talent: Rohan Satam, Wine Chambers
Moet Hennessy Outstanding Hospitality Personality: Nicola Richards, Monsoon Poon
Negociants Outstanding Wine Service Professional: Meg Abbott-Walker, MASU
OneMusic Outstanding Establishment: Coco's Cantina
Pernod Ricard Outstanding Restaurateur: Nicola Richards, Monsoon Poon
Restaurant Association of New Zealand Outstanding Sales Representative: James Barber, Mineral Wines
Fine Food NZ Outstanding Caterer: LittleWolf
Spark Business Outstanding Supplier: The Produce Company
Waterfront Auckland Outstanding Local: Mo's Bar