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AHA ACT Hospitality Awards think EVERYONE is doing a great job

By Barcham - 23 April 2013 10

Below is the list of hospitality venues winners of the AHA ACT Hospitality Awards for 2013, it is only slightly smaller than the list of hospitality venues that exist in the ACT.

What do you think readers? There are some I definitely agree with (Sage Restaurant for example), and a few I find quite confusing (Transit Bar) but mostly I just feel that there are a lot of categories.

Still well done to all the delicious restaurants who appear on this list:

AHA ACT Award

Award winner

1. John Press Award
Mike Kadinski, Kremlin Bar

2. Member of the Year
Matthew Shelton, Hotel Realm

3. Centenary of Canberra Award
Hyatt Hotel Canberra
King O’ Malley’s Irish Pub

4. Best Tourism Initiative
The Human Brochure
Australian Capital Tourism

5. Best Restaurant Service Employee (Accommodation Division)
Pablo Nicolas Caiafa, Hotel Realm

6. Best Restaurant Service Employee (General Division)
Abel Bariller of Sage Dining Rooms

7. Best Restaurant Cookery Employee (Accommodation and General Division)
Nathan Bamford of Belconnen Premier Inn Damien Grey of Sage Dining Rooms

8. Best Apprentice Chef
Amanda Polsen Hyatt Hotel Canberra

9. Best Front of House Employee (Accommodation Division)
Dixie Addison-Rolfe, Diamant Hotel
Maureen Ocampo, Hyatt Hotel Canberra

10. Best Bar Service Employee (Accommodation and General Division)
Sam Carlini of Kremlin Bar

11. Best Bar in a Hotel (Accommodation Division)
Diamant Hotel

12. Best Hotel Restaurant (Accommodation Division)
Promendae Café
Hyatt Hotel Canberra

13. Best Cocktail Bar (General Division
Knightsbridge Penthouse

14. Best Modern Australian
Pistachio Dining at Torrens

15. Best Wine List (Accommodation and General Division)
Pulp Kitchen

16. Best Restaurant (General Division)
Taze

17. Best Prestigious Restaurant (General Division)
Sage Dining Rooms

18. Best International Cuisine (General Division)
Wild Duck Cuisine

19. Best Café Restaurant (General Division)
Caphs Restaurant, Bar and Cafe

20. Best Meetings and Events Hotel (Accommodation Division)
Hotel Realm

21. Best Bar Presentation and Service
Knightsbridge Penthouse

22. Best First Class Accommodation (4 Star)
Quality Hotel Woden

23. Best New/Re-developed Venue (General Division)
Brodburger

24. Best New/Re-developed Venue (General Division)/Best New/Re-developed Venue (Accommodation Division)
East Hotel

25. Best Marketed Hotel (Accommodation Division)
Realm Hotel

26. Best Suite/Apartment Hotel
East Hotel

27. Best Mid-Range Accommodation (3 – 3.5 Star)
The Statesman Hotel

28. Best Environmental Practice
East Hotel

29. Best Late Night Entertainment Venue
Hippo Terrace Bar

30. Best Live Entertainment Venue (Accommodation, General Division)
Transit Bar

31. Best Sporting Entertainment Venue (Accommodation and General Division)
Mooseheads Pub & Nightclub

32. Best Local (General Division)
Edgar’s Inn

33. Best Pub Bistro (General Division)
Playground Martini and Tapas Bar

34. Best Superior Accommodation (4.5 Star)
East Hotel

35. Best Deluxe Accommodation (5 Star)
Hyatt Hotel Canberra

To see the full list including nominees, hit this page up.

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10 Responses to
AHA ACT Hospitality Awards think EVERYONE is doing a great job
Matt_Watts 9:52 am 24 Apr 13

NoImRight said :

Matt_Watts said :

cranky said :

An insider has recommended that these awards be treated with a HUGE grain of salt.

Nuf said.

Hear that every year, yet the awards continue and various venues continue to seek the kudos. The awards are far from perfect but that’s life.

BimboGeek said :

Grain of salt? Well duh they got peoples names wrong to start…

That is to be expected. Nominees are nominated, usually by others. No certified copies of birth certificates etc.

Whats your dog in this fight?

None. Majority of places at which I drink aren’t even AHA members and, as a Belco boy, you’d expect me to spend most of my time at places that aren’t on the list.

marcothepolopony 9:31 am 24 Apr 13

Seems to me these places nominate themselves.
I spent 3 days at the Hyatt recently. Accommodation was OK but the Promenade Cafe was awful,
and certainly not deserving of #12.’ Best Hotel Restaurant (Accommodation Division)
Promenade Café – Hyatt Hotel Canberra’.
The Cafe had no eggs any morning, so you had to see the Egg Chef, and the line up for her services was very long (of course). The coffee was bitter and service indifferent and self indulgent, like they were doing you a favour by being there!

NoImRight 9:25 am 24 Apr 13

Matt_Watts said :

cranky said :

An insider has recommended that these awards be treated with a HUGE grain of salt.

Nuf said.

Hear that every year, yet the awards continue and various venues continue to seek the kudos. The awards are far from perfect but that’s life.

BimboGeek said :

Grain of salt? Well duh they got peoples names wrong to start…

That is to be expected. Nominees are nominated, usually by others. No certified copies of birth certificates etc.

Whats your dog in this fight?

SigmaOctantis 9:25 am 24 Apr 13

Transit Bar might be good for live entertainment, but it’s also good for getting consistently short changed.

Had to get my $4 change out of the tip jar last time I was in there, the tart behind the bar just walked off and served someone else, despite my hand waving efforts at receiving what I was owed. Watch out rioters!

Deref 8:04 am 24 Apr 13

These awards are like the Oscars – the industry patting itself on the back.

what_the 7:52 am 24 Apr 13

Belco snub?

Transit Bar???

Matt_Watts 12:10 am 24 Apr 13

cranky said :

An insider has recommended that these awards be treated with a HUGE grain of salt.

Nuf said.

Hear that every year, yet the awards continue and various venues continue to seek the kudos. The awards are far from perfect but that’s life.

BimboGeek said :

Grain of salt? Well duh they got peoples names wrong to start…

That is to be expected. Nominees are nominated, usually by others. No certified copies of birth certificates etc.

BimboGeek 9:55 pm 23 Apr 13

Grain of salt? Well duh they got peoples names wrong to start…

cranky 7:13 pm 23 Apr 13

An insider has recommended that these awards be treated with a HUGE grain of salt.

Nuf said.

Matt_Watts 12:41 pm 23 Apr 13

Seems fair. Kremlin Bar has done well, which is deserved.

Before people pipe up, it should be explained that I believe the only ones able to be considered actually have to members of the AHA.

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