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Hilton Auckland Shines At The 2005 Culinary Fare

29 August 2005

Hilton Auckland Shines At The 2005 Culinary Fare

The Hilton Auckland showed their dominance at every level of culinary expertise at the 2005 annual Culinary Fare held last week August 21-23 2005. The Award Winning Hotel was the recipient of medals in the restaurant, service, bar and coffee categories at the Fare.

Highlights included a Silver medal for the ‘Restaurant of the Year’ team in both kitchen and restaurant; overall winner of the ‘NZ professional Waiter of the Year;’ and gold in the Venison open class.

Sam Anderson, Montrice Shumpert and Lisa Raymond demonstrated the essence of White restaurant by receiving silver for ‘Restaurant of the Year.’ Headed by new Executive Chef, Bernard Bernabe, the team from White had superb guidance to learn from and reflect upon following Bernard’s ‘Restaurant of the Year’ award at last year’s Culinary Fare.

Following the Award, Executive Chef Bernard Bernabe stated “this is only a small reflection of the talent of the chefs and waiting staff at White. I am confident that my team will continually demonstrate the very best. Sam, Montrice and Lisa constantly provide the finest cuisine and service not just at competition but everyday at White.”

Added to the success of White was the overall Gold award to Glenn Farnham crowning him ‘NZ’s Professional Waiter of the Year 2005.’ This award illustrates the impeccable attention to service at White guaranteeing every guest an outstanding dining experience.

“I am immensely proud of the representation by the Hilton Auckland team at this year’s awards. To receive both individual and team awards in categories ranging from barista, cocktail mixing, waiter service and cooking, shows the diversity of talent amongst the staff at the Hilton Auckland”, said John Ingram, General Manager, Hilton Auckland. “To see the passion, excitement and celebration amongst the staff is an absolute thrill.”

Further results include:

Bernard Bernabe – Silver – Mystery Box, open
Raj Bhonsle – Gold – Venison, open
Lenaick Cosse – Bronze – Beef Dish, open
Marcus Feichtiger – Bronze – Open
Mark Wilson – Silver – Pork Dish, open
Top Lorthae – Live main and Dessert, Junior
Donald Wong – Bronze - Barista competition, Junior
Conal Wong – Gold – Café Beverages, Junior
Srikanth Aluri – Bronze – x2 open events
Mike Adear – Silver – Classic Cocktail, open
Mike Adear - Bronze – Original/Innovative Cocktail, open

Winning awards is not new to White, having previously received the accolade of Restaurant of the Year 2004 as well as Eating Out Magazine’s Best Restaurant of The Year in 2003. White’s menu and wi ne list can be viewed on their website:


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