FORTY-seven Tasmanian venues have been rewarded for their hard work and dedication, taking out awards at the 2016 Tasmanian Hospitality Association (THA) and TasTAFE Awards for Excellence.
The winners, which included a number of Hobart-based venues and employees, were announced at a special industry gala dinner held at Wrest Point on 29 August 2016.
THA general manager Steve Old congratulated all the nominees and finalists for their efforts and gave special acknowledgment to the winners.
“The 2016 THA Awards for Excellence have once again recognised Tasmania’s best hospitality venues from around the state,” he said.
“The standard of professionalism and excellence is higher than ever before, which is good news not only for guests in our venues, but also for the industry as a whole.”
For the first time, the THA Awards for Excellence were open to any venue in Tasmania and nominees were not required to be a member of the association to nominate.
Mr Old said this meant all the winners could truly claim to be the “very best” in their chosen category.
“The award night showcases how strong and important this iconic industry is to the Tasmanian economy and tourism in general, with more than 22,000 people employed in hospitality in this state,” he said.
“Award nights are a wonderful opportunity for the industry to get together and celebrate and, with a record of more than 580 people in attendance, it shows the strong unity and support within the industry and association.”
The Employee of the Year winners will now receive the chance to travel to New Zealand in early October to attend the annual Hospitality NZ Conference, which includes a daylong ‘Future Leaders’ session.
Many of the winners will also go on to represent Tasmania at the National Australian Hotels Association (AHA) Awards for Excellence on the Gold Coast in mid September.
“Given the outstanding performance by our venues, I am confident they will do well on the national stage,” Mr Old said.
Southern winners of the 2016 Tasmanian Hospitality Association (THA) and TasTAFE Awards for Excellence are listed below:
TasTAFE Apprentice of the Year – Lauren King, The Glass House.
Employee of the Year – Varun Khetarpal, Mures Tasmania.
Hospitality Industry Rising Star – Sam Graudins, RACT Destinations.
Chef of the Year – DC Lim.
Tasmanian Wine List of the Year (Judge’s Choice) – Twelve Stones Restaurant.
Tasmanian Wine List of the Year (People’s Choice) – The Glass House.
Outstanding Achievement in Training & Workforce Development – Vantage Group.
Best Marketed Establishment – The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel.
Best Outdoor/Non-enclosed Facility – Cooleys Hotel.
Best Bottle Shop – Shoreline Hotel.
Best Meeting and Events Venue – Hadleys Orient Hotel.
Best Music Venue – Wrest Point.
Best Gaming Venue – Shoreline Hotel.
Best Wagering Initiative – Derwent Tavern.
Best New Tourism Initiative – Riversdale Estate.
Best Speciality Bar – Grape Food Wine Bar.
Best Steak Restaurant – Astor Grill.
Best Seafood Restaurant – Mures Upper Deck.
Best Asian Restaurant – The Glass House.
Best Indian Restaurant – Annapurna.
Best Speciality Restaurant – Riversdale Estate.
Best Family Dining – Beltana Hotel.
Best Stand-Alone Restaurant – Frogmore Creek.
Best Accessible Accommodation – Zero Davey Boutique Apartments.
Best Hostel-Style Accommodation – Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse.
Best Pub-Style Accommodation – Kingston Hotel.
Best Superior Hotel Accommodation – Islington Hotel.
Hotel of the Year (Metro) – Shoreline Hotel.
Restaurant of the Year – Frogmore Creek.
Caption: Time to shine: 2016 Tasmanian Hospitality Association Award winners, from left, Sebastian Jarvie, Tom Darke, Christopher Hockings, Joan Mahindroo and John Attuoni, all of Zero Davey Boutique Apartments and Riversdale Estate. Mr Darke and Mr Attuoni will go on to represent Hobart at the national awards at the Gold Coast on 19 September.