Hastings Leader - 2021-10-13


Napier bistro’s sizzling-hot night


Gianina Schwanecke

Despite a difficult few months, the Hawke’s Bay hospitality sector still found plenty of reason to celebrate at this year’s Hawke’s Bay Hospitality Awards. The big winner on the night was Napier bistro Central Fire Station, which picked up three awards for outstanding restaurant and ambience and design, as well as the ultimate accolade of supreme establishment of the year. Meanwhile, Havelock North’s Piku Restaurant & Cocktail Bar took out people’s choice and was named locals’ favourite establishment. Hot off the back of winning Best Vineyard in Australasia in the World’s Best Vineyard awards, Craggy Range was named the winning outstanding winery restaurant and also took out best chef for Casey McDonald. Havelock North’s Nick Ainley of Workroom was voted top barista, while Maina won the accolade of outstanding cafe. Georgia on Tennyson in Napier took out outstanding coffee establishment. Presented by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand with the support of lead sponsor Gilmours, the awards acknowledge the outstanding hospitality professionals and businesses, who are making a positive impact on the local cafe, dining and drinking scene. Restaurant Association CEO Marisa Bidois said the region was home to some of the country’s best restaurants, and “an abundance of fresh produce and world-class wineries, making it a mecca for diners”. HB Hospitality Awards Winners 2021: Meadow Fresh Outstanding Barista: Zach Wilkins, Little Frimley Kitchen The National Distillery Outstanding Bartender: Dave Morris, Funbuns Coca-Cola Europacific Outstanding Front of House Team: Mister D Dining Service Foods Outstanding Chef: Casey MacDonald, Craggy Range EIT Emerging Chef: Gurjot Singh, Piku Restaurant & Cocktail Bar Menulog Outstanding Street Food/Takeout: Vinci’s Pizza Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding Coffee Establishment: Georgia on Tennyson Bidfood Outstanding Cafe: Maina Waitoa Beer Outstanding Bar: Common Room Cocktail Collective Outstanding Cocktail Experience: Monica Loves Trinity Hill Outstanding Wine & Beverage List Matisse Wine Bar OneMusic Ambience & Design: Central Fire Station Bistro Nova Energy Outstanding Regional Establishment: Puketapu Pub Karma Drinks Outstanding Ethnic Cuisine: Asian Diner dinefind Outstanding Winery Restaurant: Craggy Range Napier City Council Outstanding Restaurant: Central Fire Station Bistro Dish Catering Outstanding Sales Rep: Steve Olley, Paratua Wines Toitoi Venues Outstanding Supplier: Brave Brewing Co. Hawke’s Bay Today People’s Choice: Piku Restaurant & Cocktail Bar Gilmours Supreme Award: Central Fire Station Bistro


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