Matariki Hospitality Industry Awards – Call for Nominations

Press Release – Northland Chefs

The 2012 Matariki Hospitality Industry Awards will be held on Sunday 8th July at Forum North . In its 6th year, The Matariki Hospitality Industry Awards are about recognizing the standard and achievements of those in our region who strive to be …Matariki Hospitality Industry Awards – Call for Nominations
The 2012 Matariki Hospitality Industry Awards will be held on Sunday 8th July at Forum North. In its 6th year, The Matariki Hospitality Industry Awards are about recognizing the standard and achievements of those in our region who strive to be the best. These are the ultimate awards of industry excellence in Hospitality recognizing the following categories:

• Food &Beverage Supplier of the Year
• Professional Caterer of the Year
• Service Person of the Year
• Northland Schools Recognition of Training
• Restaurant Manager / Maitre’d of the Year
• Innovative Chef of the Year
• Hospitality Ambassador of the Year
• Gastro Pub of the Year
• Cafe of the Year
• Restaurant of the Year
• People’s Choice Award

Last year saw the inaugural People’s Choice winner awarded and it’s back for the 2012 awards season. This is the only category that allows the general public to nominate and vote for the hospitality person or business they believe deserves recognition. Nomination and voting for all other categories will remain open to the hospitality industry only.

Nominations must be submitted online at:

Hospitality Industry ONLY : http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Industrynominations

People’s Choice (OPEN TO PUBLIC): http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/peopleschoice2012
Nominations for all categories are open from 9am Monday 5th March until 5pm on Friday 23rd March.
Background Matariki Hospitality Industry Awards

The Awards are run and managed by ‘Northland Chefs’ who form the newest and youngest branch of the New Zealand Chefs Association. They are a nonprofit organisation, gifting profits back in to the industry by supporting local initiatives that help promote the growth of the future of their industry. An example of this is the scholarship given away to a young school student looking to further their career in Hospitality.

The awards were given the name ‘Matariki’ (eyes of god) as it symbolises the Maori New Year (and new beginnings) and fits in with the “Northland Chefs” ethos of promoting new Chefs, service people and new (Northland) products.

All members of “Northland Chefs” give up their time voluntarily to help recognise, benchmark and lift the profile of Hospitality in Northland to the wider National community.
ENDS

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