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even of New Zealand’s best and brightest
individuals working in the hospitality
and accommodation sectors have been
recognised for their hard work at the
inaugural Hospitality New Zealand Rising Stars
Over 300 people from the hospitality
community from all cor ners of the country
gathered at Te Papa museum on October 17 to
celebrate New Zealand’s hospitality sector.
Hospitality New Zealand Chief Executive Vicki
Lee, said “These brand-new awards are a way of giving our up and
coming industry leaders some well-deserved national recognition.”
The Rising Stars Awards cover every aspect of the sector and are a
chance for managers and mentors to personally nominate their most
valuable staff. Five of the seven awards were recognising ‘Up & Comers’
in their respective fields.
Ricky Nguyen, Up and coming Bar ista from Onehunga Café in
Auckland, is known for his latte art. Ricky came to New Zealand 5
years ago to study and paid his way through that study as a bar ista. He
has been with Onehunga Café since it opened and has progressed from
bar ista, to head bar ista and Duty Manager. When he’s not making
coffee, he can often be found teaching others the art.
Ms Lee said, “The judges loved his attitude to learning, seizing ever y
opportunity to hone his bar ista skills and lear ning from the best but
also generously passing those skills on to others”.
Up and Coming Chef was Sara McFelin from Zest Restaurant,
Timaru. Sarah started off as a junior chef in 2012 and has steadily
worked her way up to running a busy kitchen. Zest Restaurant
owners Kristy and Grant Phillips say, “she is a talent they are more than
happy to support, nurture and develop. It’s not often you find someone
who cares as much about your business as you do”.
Front of House winner Nicole Kay has worked in the industry
since she was 15 and has worked her way up to restaurant supervisor
at Emberz at Ascot, Invercargill. Ms Lee said, “The judges loved
her deter mination to lear n about and be involved in the hospitality
industry long ter m, including going home at night, researching menu
items that she was unsure about, quizzing the Chef on them the next
day before passing her new-found knowledge onto the guests.
Future industry leaders rewarded!
D4 on Allen Duty Manager Josh Piper took out
the Up and Coming Duty Manager Award. ‘His
desire and commitment to the role is what made
Josh a stand out for this award” said Ms Lee. “With
a heavy focus on host responsibility, providing a
safe and enjoyable atmosphere for customers is top
prior ity. Josh takes this role very ser iously and has
proven he can manage and handle situations in a
highly professional manner”.
Quickly moving from Duty Manager to General
Manager then part owner of two Wellington businesses
(El Hor no and Arborist Restaurant and Roof Top Bar) Mat Lear was
awarded ‘Up & Coming Entrepreneur’ due to his jour ney, success and his
giving back to the industry. “The two businesses have flour ished under
Mat’s watch”, Ms Lee said, “And the judges were very impressed with how
he takes pride in developing and supporting his staff, just as he has been”.
‘Emerging Accommodation Professional’ was awarded to Tayzha
Tasman of Trek Global Backpackers in Wellington with judges noting
Tayzha’s “focus on the well-being of her guests as exemplary”.
The ‘Unsung Hero’ Award went to Jennifer Mulliss of Park Kitchen in
Wellington with the General Manager Tamara Staples saying, “Without
Jeni we would have a grumpy kitchen, a dirty restaurant, sky high cleaning
costs, and no one willing or able to do hardest job in the restaurant”.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS AS FOLLOWS:
Emerging Accommodation Professional
Tayzha Tasman, Trek Global Backpackers, Wellington
Jennifer Mulliss, Park Kitchen, Wellington
Up & Coming Barista
Ricky Nguyen, Onehunga Café, Auckland
Up & Coming Duty Manager
Josh Piper, D4 on Allen, Wellington
Up & Coming Entrepreneur
Mat Lear, The Arbor ist Rooftop Bar & Restaurant
Up & Coming Front of House
Nicole Kay, Emberz at Ascot, Invercargill
Up & coming Chef
Sarah McFelin, Zest Restaurant, Timaru n
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