Hello Sunday wins three times over at Christchurch Hospitality Awards
Trendy Sydenham cafe Hello Sunday dominated the 2016 Christchurch Hospitality Awards last night, winning over both its industry peers and the public outside.
The awards were held at a flash event at the Art Gallery. Hello Sunday, which is housed in a former Sunday school at 6 Elgin St, was named the city's best as part of The Press People's Choice section, which is voted for by the public.
It also won the cafe of the year title in an industry-only vote, and also took out the "supreme establishment" award for getting the most votes in that sector.
Two other people's choice awards went to Baretta for best bar and Costas Taverna for best restaurant.
The other bar finalists were Smash Palace and Dux Central; the other restaurant finalists were Dux Dine and Harlequin Public House; and the other cafe finalists were C1 Espresso and Mrs Hucks.
The awards are known as the Chevrons and the categories within the hospitality industry voting sections were: Crew members of the year; suppliers of the year, new talent of the year; establishments of the year.
Supreme winners announced in each of those areas respectively were: best barista Zhen Xu "Q" (Supreme Crew Member), best beverage supplier Three Boys Brewery (Supreme Supplier), best new establishment O.G.B (Supreme New Talent) and cafe of the year Hello Sunday (Supreme Establishment).
Other awards "of the year" were: bartender, Charles Gillet from the Poplar Social Club; manager, Joel Christian from The Monday Room; chef, Giulio Sturla from Roots; sales rep, Chris Mansfield from Hancocks; specialty supplier, Canterbury Cheesemongers; goods and services wholesaler, Southern Hospitality; caterer, Eaton Drink Co; pop-up establishment, Fine Fare Kitchen; emerging hospo professional, Nick Inkster of OGB; central city establishment, Boo Radley's; regional establishment, The Bicycle Thief; restaurant, The Monday Room; bar, Boo Radley's.