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SKY: The Home of Sport!

We’re passionate about helping your business maximise the benefits of SKY TV. Whether providing exclusive sport for your patrons, the latest movies for your guests, or music for your store, we have a solution for your business.

Over 85% of pubs and clubs in New Zealand cash in on the benefits of having SKY TV. With eight dedicated sport channels, brimming with exclusive major events, a SKY subscription gives your venue all the “LIVE” sport you need to create that winning match day atmosphere.

“What’s Hot” this month is that we can provide you with free online posters and marketing material to promote, in advance, major sporting events to your customers, attracting them to your venue – there are A4 and A3 posters plus social media banners available.

So, take advantage of the thousands of hours of “LIVE” sport we provide you as a SKY customer and use our free marketing material on the SKY Business website. www.skybusiness.co.nz/internal-signage

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Nominate the Rising Star on your team!

Each year, Hospitality New Zealand holds the Rising Stars Awards to celebrate outstanding hospitality industry professionals at the beginning of their careers. Now in its third year, the Awards acknowledge the hard work, dedication and talent of our next generation of hospitality leaders.

The Rising Stars Awards 2019 will recognise excellence and potential among up and coming hospitality industry professionals across the following eight categories:

  • Emerging Accommodation Professional
  • Unsung Hero
  • Up & coming Barista
  • Up & coming Bartender
  • Up & coming Chef
  • Up & coming Duty Manager
  • Up & coming Entrepreneur
  • Up & coming Front of House

Commenting on the launch of the Rising Stars Awards 2019, Hospitality New Zealand CEO Vicki Lee said: “Each year Hospitality New Zealand holds the Rising Stars Awards to allow our members to acknowledge the dedication and talent of their employees. The Awards are a great opportunity for employers to reward and retain their most gifted staff members. Through the Rising Stars Awards, and initiatives such as Hospitality New Zealand’s Future Leaders Day, we aim to promote within the hospitality industry a spirit of striving for excellence, fostering potential and working to help our rising stars shine.”

The Rising Stars Awards are open to employees of Hospitality New Zealand members. Nominees must be under the age of 35 at the time of entry to qualify. Entry is by nomination via our Awards website. There is no self-nomination for the Rising Stars Awards.

The finalists in each of the Awards categories will be asked to attend the Rising Stars Awards event, which takes place in Hawke’s Bay on Tuesday 15 October 2019. Entries close on Monday 5 August Don’t miss this chance to recognise the Rising Stars on your team. To view the full list of Rising Stars Awards category criteria and entry guidelines click here

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DoubleTree Hilton on track at Karaka

Dignitaries and company representatives gathered at NZ Bloodstock Karaka’s head-quarters on July 11 to officially commemorate the beginning of a major new investment on-site, with world renowned hotel chain Hilton, announcing the details of the new DoubleTree Hilton Karaka.

Due to open in 2021, the 120 room hotel will provide the first luxury accommodation in the South Auckland Papakura – Franklin region, with a range of innovative high tech specifications designed to ensure ease and comfort for their clients, such as Digital Key entry, via the Hilton Honours App,  which allows guests to bypass the Front Desk and head straight to their rooms.

Officially cutting the commencement ribbon, Papakura electorate National MP, Hon. Judith Collins told attendees she was delighted that discussions and negotiations with NZ Bloodstock doyen, Sir Peter Vela regarding the provision of a luxury hotel, held over five years, had led to the investment in the electorate coming to fruition with Hilton.

“The new Doubletree Hilton reflects the importance of the bloodstock industry’s impact on the New Zealand economy, and the hotel will provide both very much needed jobs for the Papakura community now and in the future, and a high calibre destination hotel for tourists and the bi-annual yearling and horse sales for which NZ Bloodstock is world renowned,” said Collins.

Heidi Kunkel, Hilton’s Vice President of Operations for Australasia, said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Karaka Hotel Limited to bring our  DoubleTree by Hilton signature welcome to Karaka,”

“DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka will certainly be a wonderful addition to our current portfolio of hotels across New Zealand, of which, we currently have six hotels operating.

“From a design perspective the hotel look and feel will be very elegant with subtle country tones and textures, aligning beautifully with the surrounding environment in which the hotel sits. Our lobby restaurant and bar will be rustic, warm and inviting, focusing on seasonal ingredients and locally sourced craft beers and spirits.

“At Hilton , our team members are our greatest asset and we will be hiring approximately 40 people to provide our hospitality to travellers visiting Karaka.”

Andrew Seabrook, Managing Director of NZ Bloodstock, described the project in detail. The hotel will offer 120 stylish guest rooms designed by  Pacific Architecture, including four suites, a restaurant and bar, along with conference facilities set amongst the picturesque sales centre at Karaka.

“We’re thrilled to get construction underway,” said Seabrook.

“This hotel will not only be appealing to our international thoroughbred and standard bred clients but also to tourists, business operators and event organisers alike.”

The hotel is being built by New Zealand construction company, Watts and Hughes, and is supported by the Westpac Bank.

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School students shine at Waikato Culinary Competition

 

​Knives flashed and the concentration was intense as 523 secondary students from 32 schools sliced, diced and iced their way through the 2019 Waikato Culinary Fare competition at Wintec.
Students travelled from across the Waikato and as far as Auckland, Whitianga and Taupō to spend two days competing in live events at Waikato Culinary Fare which is now New Zealand’s biggest regional hospitality competition.

Hamilton Girls’ High School took out the Waikato Top School award, while Te Awamutu College took home the Regional Finals National Secondary School Culinary Challenge Team award and first year Wintec Culinary Arts student Ziyi (Zane) Lee was awarded Novotel Tainui Hamilton – Junior Hospitality Student Waikato.

Waikato Culinary Fare Trust co-organiser and Wintec Hospitality Manager, Peter Radojkovich says the unsung heroes on the day are the food technology teachers.

“Hats off to our food tech teachers – they do an amazing job of coaching, supporting and giving their students the confidence to cook well in a live competition. It’s our teachers who are guiding their students to develop their talent and be successful.

“The quality of entries was really high. We saw cakes that looked and tasted like they came from top patisseries and pizzas, burgers and mains that would draw high praise on a restaurant or café menu. You would not have thought they were made by intermediate and secondary school students.”

Cater Plus Chief Executive Paul Hodge says the many industry people who took two days out to support the event were pivotal to its success.

“The Trust is grateful for the ongoing sponsorship by the hospitality industry and the support of industry people in assisting with the task of judging, we couldn’t stage an event of this size without them.”

A number of former Wintec staff and students also returned to judge Waikato Culinary Fare.
Wintec’s Amy Opperman, a former hospitality tutor who returned to judge this year, said the level of skill in the secondary school events was “mind-blowing”.

“The students this year were so skilful,” said Amy. “The judges were honestly quite blown away with the students’ talent.”

Auckland’s Massey High School teams took up residence for three days at Wintec’s Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa Marae. After being welcomed with a pōwhiri, the students wasted no time and got a head start preparing for the Fare in the wharekai (marae kitchen).

As well as cupcake decoration, innovative challenges included creative pizzas, Māori kai and cocktails along with knife-skills, mystery box challenges and a table-setting competition. This year the mystery box challenge attracted a record 37 teams (of two). The chicken main, pizza and hamburger challenges were so popular, extra heats were added – perhaps an indication of what students like to eat most.

The competition aims to encourage and nurture future chefs. The Fare, which is run under the Waikato Culinary Fare Trust, is a partnership between Wintec School of Hospitality and Cater Plus.

The National Secondary Schools Culinary Competition (NSSCC) also took place alongside Waikato Culinary Fare and Te Awamutu College student Ilisa Folau won the Waikato competition with her dish, dukkah crusted carrot falafel which featured a vibrant carrot puree, pickled carrot, smoked feta and tahini sauce.

The full list of winners are:

Class description Medal Name School
Cup Cakes Secondary School Culinary Gold Heidi Stewart Epsom Girls Grammar School
Finger Food Platter – Junior Silver Ziyi Li Wintec
Cold Dessert Secondary School Culinary Gold Carol Hu Waikato Diocesan School for Girls
Cold Dessert Junior Bronze Ziyi Li Wintec
Savoury Pie – Secondary School Culinary Silver Brooke Moore Tauhara College Taupo
Cold Entree – Junior Silver Manon Rahain Waihi College
Café Cake – Secondary School Culinary Gold with Distinction Danielle Garnier Sacred Hearts Girls College
Café Cake – Junior Gold Blake Hassall MCA Cookery Programme
Cup Cakes – Intermediate School Year 7 and 8 Gold Emma Walmsley Maeroa Intermediate
Mystery Box Secondary School Culinary Gold Jenny Im & Jennifer Chhouk Epsom Girls Grammar School
WNSSCC Regional Event Gold Ilisa Folau Te Awamutu College
Creative Savoury Pizza – Secondary Schools Culinary Silver Benjamin Donovan Hamilton Boys High School
Magic Box Team Event Junior – Year 1 Silver Ziyi Li & Vincent Morrice Wintec
Creative Burger – Secondary School Culinary Silver Brooke Moore Tauhara College Taupo
Creative Burger – Junior Silver Vincent Morrice Wintec
Soup Dish – Secondary School Culinary Gold Olivia Moore Tauhara College Taupo
Soup Dish Junior Year 1 Bronze Vincent Morrice Wintec
Salmon Dish – Secondary School Culinary Gold Brooke Moore Tauhara College Taupo
Healthy Lunch – Secondary School Culinary Silver Eva Griffin-Jones Otumoetai College
Main Course – Junior Silver Ziyi Li Wintec
Magic Box Team Event Junior – Year 2 Silver Rhys Raquedan & Angelique Moyle Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
Pasta Dish Junior Merit Ziyi Li Wintec
Chicken Dish – Secondary School Culinary Gold Brooke Moore Tauhara College Taupo
Salmon Dish – Junior Bronze Kartik Tanwar Wintec
Creative Table Setting – Secondary School Culinary Acknowledgement of Participation Martine Erasmus Rototuna Junior High School
Barista – Secondary School Culinary Gold Tayla Malone John Paul College
Non-Alcoholic Cocktail – Secondary School Culinary Gold Tayla Malone John Paul College

 

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Govt review scuttles 2019 NZ Hospitality Championships

The NZ Chefs Association (NZChefs) has announced a strategic review of the NZ Hospitality Championships at the same time as it has postponed this year’s event.

While the 2019 NZ Hospitality Championships which were to be held from Sunday 11 to  Tuesday 13 August are postponed until 2020, the Association will continue to run the Kiwi Kids Can Cook programme across New Zealand.

Announcing the change NZChefs  President, Hughie Blues, said that the executive made the decision to postpone with a heavy heart. “We’re saddened and we understand it’s disappointing for competitors, sponsors and fans, it will be particularly upsetting for those who have already started practice. However, a number of factors have combined to make it impractical for us to host the competition.”

“The most significant factor which worked against us this year is the uncertainty created by the Government review of the polytechnic sector, which impacted negatively on the number of entries for the competition.”

“We remain committed to the NZ Hospitality Championships, its competitors, sponsors and supporters alike and our focus now is to take the time to undertake a strategic review of the event”, he said.

“Since 1991 the Association has developed a reputation for producing quality events that support and nurture New Zealand’s hospitality industry. After almost three decades hosting the NZ  Hospitality Championships it’s timely to take a step back and talk to sponsors, supporters and Association members. From here we will create a path forward for a dynamic 2020 event which will meet the needs of the industry and take us through the next three decades.”

Director of the NZ Hospitality Championships, Gary Miller says since he was appointed Salon Director in March this year he had focused on creating an outstanding Championship event. However, it became obvious that the event wasn’t going to be as successful as previous years’ and therefore he recommended that it was postponed.

“We’re confident that after time to review the event and set a course for the future we will be back with a stronger, more focused event in 2020,”he said.

Sponsors I have spoken to are very supportive of the Association and the important role that the  NZ Hospitality Championships have training the industry and helping us establish a culture of excellence.”

Competitors who have registered for the competition this year will receive a full refund of their entry fees, with Association staff contacting these people to organise this.

Hughie Blues said the Association planned to announce plans for the 2020 NZ Hospitality Championships before the end of this year.

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National Cake Show Scheduled for October

Do you love turning a cake into a masterpiece?

If you answered yes, or you know of someone who lives and breathes cake decorating, then get them to visit https://www.pettinice.com/cakeshow/.

For the first time in New Zealand, Pettinice is launching a national cake show and cake decorating competition for all skill levels with winners in each category – beginning, intermediate and advanced -taking home cash prizes and products. There is over $7000 in prizes to be won.

The Pettinice Cake Show and competition will take place in Auckland on October 19 and 20 and is open to the public. It will offer a full weekend packed with demonstrations and workshops by local and international cake decorators, competition entry displays and activities for children.

Each year the Pettinice Cake Show and competition will set a new theme, beginning with its inaugural year, Cake Art – a famous or published piece of art recreated by the cake decorator through their own interpretation.

International winning cake decorator, Pettinice Ambassador and NZ Bakels representative, Nina Blackburn says: “We want to give decorators a platform, an opportunity to try new techniques, test new things that are on the market or hone in on a skillset that makes their heart sing.

“This is a chance for both hobbyists and working cake decorators to play and showcase our New Zealand talent. They can use novelty or classic tiered cake decorating for their technique. Both are an art within itself. Their art choices could be anything from a Jan Davidz de Heem floral still life to a fabulous line art and portraits by Alphonse Mucha. Their finished piece will be on display with an image of the original piece of art that inspired them.

“There are lots of things that cake decorators can do and those that want to sculpt can even recreate a 2D piece of art and make it 3D. They can have fun and enjoy it.”

The facts

What: Pettinice Cake Show

When: October 19-20 10am-4pm

Where: Pakuranga Rugby Club, Auckland

Who: All cake decorating and sugar art enthusiasts

How: https://www.pettinice.com/cakeshow

Do you love turning a cake into a masterpiece, a famous or published masterpiece that is?If you answered yes, or you know of someone who lives and breathes cake decorating, then get them to visit https://www.pettinice.com/cakeshow/

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Waikato names its top places to dine

The finalists have been announced in the Waikato Hospitality awards and represent the top-notch dining establishments in the region as voted by the hospitality industry.

Famed for its charcuterie platters in a riverside setting, new eatery Mr Pickles picks up five nominations for outstanding ambience and design, outstanding bartender for Jackson White, outstanding chef for Maurice Montero and emerging chef for Harriet Boucher. Maître d’ and co-owner Matthew Pedley also receives a nomination for local food hero.

Neighbourhood eateries steal the show in the battle for best restaurant with Alpino Cambridge, Alpha St Kitchen & Bar and Hayes Common all nominated.

They’re up against stiff competition however with fine dining establishment, Palate taking the final nomination. Hospitality establishments in rural settings are also recognised in the category of outstanding suburban/regional experience with Cinnamon Café, Punnet, Red Kitchen, Te Awamutu and the Sugar Bowl Café all receiving nominations.

Those looking for a place to get a great drink won’t be disappointed with the region’s growing assortment of top notch bars recognised. Craft, Keystone Bar and Restaurant the Helm Bar and Kitchen and Wonder Horse all receive nominations for the title of Best Bar.

The Waikato community is also able to vote for its favourite establishment in the People’s Choice Award category.

Fifteen awards will be handed out to the best of the Waikato 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 region.

CEO Marisa Bidois says, “With almost half of Hamilton’s population being under 30 and home to more than 80 different ethnic groups, it’s no surprise that the region is able to offer some of the nation’s most diverse and exciting places to drink and dine.

“The awards are really an opportunity to recognise those providing an exceptional experience to the dining community and spread the word about the amazing places there are to drink and eat in the region.”

Voting is open until Sunday, 4th August and the winners will be revealed at the awards evening on Monday 12th August.

Presented by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand, Waikato Food Inc. and Lexis ComplyHub, the Waikato Hospitality Awards were created to celebrate the legendary people and businesses bringing first class dining experiences to the region.

Tickets to the event are on sale now, to purchase or for more information regarding the awards please visit https://hospitalityawards.co.nz/waikato/

Voting links are here for industry and here for people’s choice.

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NEW Nestlé Plaistowe® 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Couverture

Get ready for desserts that will soar to new heights following the launch of NEW Nestlé Plaistowe® 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Couverture.

Irresistibly indulgent, with a rich, chocolatey taste that’s second to none, Nestlé Plaistowe® 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Couverture will turn heads and satisfy palates both in and out of the kitchen.

Over a century of experience in specifically crafting chocolate for chefs has led to the creation of this award-winning brand. Nestlé Plaistowe® 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Couverture has received two gold medals in the ‘Monde Selection Awards for Excellence’ – as judged by Michelin-starred chefs and food experts.

Containing no less than 70% cocoa solids, and perfectly balanced to capture all the complexity, richness and velvety texture of this chocolate, tasting is believing. Suitable for a wide range of applications from cakes, slices and tarts through to ganache, coating, dipping and enrobing.

It’s also proudly made using UTZ certified cocoa to help support sustainable cocoa farming.

Available in a convenient 2kg catering pack, its kibble format offers ease of melting and enhanced flexibility for any size kitchen.

Nestlé Plaistowe® 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Couverture offers pure taste and inspiration for any dessert artistry.

Want to take your chocolate creations to the next level? For a FREE sample and a FREE recipe book, phone 0800 830 840 or go to visit the website.

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Hawkes Bay top dining establishments revealed

The finalists have been announced in the Hawkes Bay Hospitality Awards and local diners are being invited to vote for their favourite place to dine out.

The finalists represent the top-notch dining establishments in the region as voted by the hospitality industry.

A number of establishments have received recognition in this year’s final line up including Bistronomy – receiving nominations for outstanding restaurant and outstanding chef for James Beck.

Famed for its delectable desserts, F. G. Smith receives a nomination for best café and best front of house team.

The exceptional Craggy Range Terroir is up for three awards; outstanding winery restaurant, front of house team as well as outstanding chef for Casey McDonald.

Dedication to creating outstanding ambience through creative fit outs is also recognised with Malo, Mamacita, Sparrows and Three Wise Birds Garden Bar all nominated for best design and ambience.

The Hawkes Bay community are also able to vote for their favourite establishment in the First Table People’s Choice Award category.

Seventeen awards will be handed out to the best of the Hawkes Bay 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 region.

CEO Marisa Bidois says, “Hawkes Bay is famed for its exceptional local produce, so it’s no surprises that it delivers some of the nation’s most exceptional eateries.

“The awards are really an opportunity to recognise those providing an exceptional experience to the dining community and spread the word about the amazing places there are to drink and eat in the region.”

Voting is open until 21 July and the winners will be revealed at the awards evening on Sunday 29th July.

Presented by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand, the Hawkes Bay Hospitality Awards were created to celebrate the legendary people and businesses bringing first class dining experiences to the region.

2019 Hawkes Bay Hospitality Awards Finalists

Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding Barista

Benjamin Fernandez, Georgia on Tennyson

Isaac Olssen, Cascara Hastings

Kate Coles, Hawthorne Coffee Roasters

Zoe Chisolm, Pixie Bowls      

V Pure Outstanding Bartender

Dave Morris, Funbuns

Jonathan Lopez, Matisse Wine Bar

Nils Kühlsen, Emporium Eatery & Bar

Jason Garrity, Malo      

nib Health Insurance Front of House Team

Craggy Range Winery

Deliciosa Restaurant

F.G. Smith Eatery

Mister D Dining          

Service Foods Outstanding Chef

Casey McDonald, Craggy Range Restaurant

James Beck, Bistronomy

Ricky Littleton, Mission Restaurant             

EIT Hawke’s Bay Emerging Chef

Ariane Scohier Lopez, Matisse Wine Bar

Jitin Joshi, Piku at Red Barrel

Robbie Hawea, Deliciosa Restaurant                

Hawke’s Bay Today Outstanding Coffee Establishment

Cupple Coffee

Georgia on Tennyson

Hawthorne Coffee Roasters

Bidfood Hawke’s Bay Outstanding Café

F.G. Smith Eatery

Little Black Bird

Maina  

Monin NZ Outstanding Cocktail Experience

Emporium Eatery & Bar

Funbuns

Malo

Monica Loves

Lion NZ Outstanding Bar

Diva Bar & Eatery

Kolachi Eatery & Bar

Three Wise Birds Garden Bar

Unison Fibre Outstanding Local

Common Room

JARKs Cityside Restaurant & Bar

Rose & Shamrock      

Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding International Dining Experience

Piku at Red Barrel

Rasoi Cuisines of India

Sai Eatery         

Independent Liquor Outstanding Wine & Beverage List

Deliciosa Restaurant

Matisse Wine Bar

The Urban Winery                 

Nova Energy Outstanding Winery Restaurant

Clearview Estate Winery & Restaurant

Craggy Range Restaurant

Elephant Hill

Te Awa Winery Restaurant              

OneMusic Outstanding Restaurant

Bistronomy

Black Barn Bistro

Malo

Pacifica                            

Clearview Estate Winery Outstanding Ambience & Design

Malo

Mamacita

Sparrows

Three Wise Birds Garden Bar                               

Shed 2 Outstanding Sales Rep

David Thompson, Gourmeats

Kieran Woodham, Villa Maria Estate

Shaye Bird, Liquor King

Steve Olley, Paratua Wines

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E.CF-Asia Pacific buys Burns & Ferrall

Burns & Ferrall has announced the acceptance of an offer to sell to E.CF-Asia Pacific, incorporating Reward Hospitality and Tas Hotel & Catering Supplies, effective 31 July 2019.

Tony Broome will continue to lead Burns & Ferrall which has become an iconic New Zealand company over 70 years.

With multiple locations in both New Zealand and Fiji, Burns & Ferrall are a premium supplier of quality products and hold an unwavering commitment to being the innovative heart of hospitality. The combined companies have a strong commitment to continued local representation which see E.CF-Asia Pacific expand into New Zealand and the Pacific Island regions.

This acquisition will strengthen Burns & Ferrall by providing access to a broader and more comprehensive product offering from the global E.CF group sourcing network, larger inventory pools and development of essential digital tools.

“We are confident this development will deliver benefits to customers, staff, suppliers and shareholders and further highlights our commitment of being the distributor, employer and supplier of choice in the hospitality industry in all markets we operate within,” said Mr Broome.

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