Rees Hotel into finals for best in Pacific

19:42, Aug 12 2012

The Rees Hotel has achieved three finalist nominations in the prestigious 2012 Hotel & Accommodation Management (HM) Awards for hotel and accommodation excellence.

The luxury lakefront property, its chief executive Mark Rose and executive chef Ben Batterbury have been nominated for "Best Hotel New Zealand & South Pacific", "Best New Zealand General Manager" and "Best Hotel Chef", in the final cut of the awards, now in their 10th year.

The awards attracted a record 2300 entries from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Candidates had to submit a comprehensive written entry and were selected by a judging panel made up over more than 50 industry leaders, travel writers, industry experts and key clients.

Mr Rose said outstanding team work had set his hotel apart. He put his own nomination down to a “collective and outstanding effort” by those around him.

For Mr Batterbury the awards were a “proud reflection of my passion for using the the freshest and finest local artisan produce and True South Dining Room's fantastically supportive network of suppliers, wineries and talented chefs who all make my job so easy.”


His nomination caps off an outstanding year as 2012 NZ Beef & Lamb ambassador chef and True South Dining Room's 2012 award of excellence from the United States Wine Spectator magazine.

Mr Rose said it was very satisfying for the hotel to be recognised by its peers for the second year in a row.

"The Rees has been nominated for two out of the three years we've been open by HM and that's a true reflection of the commitment to excellence and professionalism that our team makes,” Mr Rose said.

More than 600 hotel industry professionals are expected to attend the exclusive gala dinner and ceremony to announce the awards in Sydney on September 7.