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Halamoana Winners

EMBARGOED UNTIL 9.00 PM ON SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER 2006

Media release 20 October 2006

Halamoana Winners

The winners of the Halamoana Awards have been announced at an awards ceremony held on 29 October at the TSB Showplace. The cream of Taranaki’s hospitality and food service staff had been rewarded for their outstanding talent and commitment to this industry. The winners have been officially recognized by their peers to achieve acclaim as the best in their field.

Halamoana means ‘the movement of the traffic towards their destination and similar to the wave in the ocean’ by artist Sopoemalama Filipe Tohi. This is the inaugural year and we hope they will continue to shine on well-deserved Taranaki hospitality stars in the years to come.

Caroline Medway-Smith, Chairman of the Halamoana Awards says of the winners, “You are here tonight because you have been nominated and voted for by your own hospitality peers. This shows an acknowledgment of your performance and or your place of work - and one which you should all be proud of.”

The winners will celebrate their triumphs at the after-show party, to be held at 55, where revelry is expected to continue into the small hours of the morning.

The winners announced in the 2006 Halamoana Awards are as follows:

Restaurant Association of New Zealand Outstanding Hospitality Personality:
Terry Parkes, The Nice Hotel & Table

Crean Foodservice Emerging Chef:
Timothy Styles, L’escargot restaurant

WITT Outstanding Chef:
Erua Stockman, L’escargot restaurant

Venture Taranaki Outstanding Restaurateur:
Terry Parkes, Nice Hotel & Table

Ozone coffee outstanding Barista:
Alwin Heiler, The Waiting Room,Okato

42 Below Vodka Outstanding Bar:
Powderoom

Toops Outstanding Café:
Empire

Totally Food Outstanding Restaurant:
L’escargot

Red Bull Best Ambience and Style:
L’escargot & Table @ Nice

HSI Outstanding Maitre D’/Manager:
Sarah McDonald, Arborio Restaurant

Heineken Outstanding Bartender:
Mark Louis, Powderoom

Datatrax Tourism Touchscreens Outstanding Supplier:
Whopping Big Carrot

TSB Realty Outstanding Sales Representative:
Mike Schofield, Totally Food

The Mill Liquor Save Outstanding Waiter
Tamlin Armstrong, Laughing Buddha

Matador Meats Outstanding Caterer
Hot Stuff

Deutz Outstanding Wine List
Powderoom


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