The best of Tauranga's bar and restaurants have been revealed as the finalists in this year's hospitality awards have been named.

The inaugural Restaurant Association's Bay Hospitality Awards have filtered through more than 1200 nominations over the 13 categories for the Bay area including Mount Maunganui, Papamoa, Waihi Beach, Waihi, Whakatane, Omokoroa, Te Puke and Katikati.

The finalists have been listed below.

The event next month is an opportunity to reward hard working individuals and teams that contribute to the excellence of the Bay's vibrant and diverse dining and entertainment scene whether it is a chef, barista, restaurant owner, café owner or front of house team, Restauranga Association chief executive Marisa Bidois said.

Bartender Joanna Claire offers some tasters at Mount Brewing Co, which has been named as a finalist in this year's regional hospitality awards. Photo/file
Bartender Joanna Claire offers some tasters at Mount Brewing Co, which has been named as a finalist in this year's regional hospitality awards. Photo/file

"To be selected by your peers as a leader in your category is a great honour in itself. I would say there would be few more credible then your own industry to decide who the best of the best is. We are looking forward to a celebratory night when the winners are revealed.''

Restaurant Association Bay of Plenty Branch president Andrew Targett said the awards were all about recognition from within the industry.

"We want to raise the profile of the regions local hospitality sector and highlight those that are doing well.''

The awards evening will be a night of glitz, glamour and celebration, with a Gatsby theme and hosted by Master Chef New Zealand winners Karena and Kasey Bird at Mills Reef Winery & Restaurant on Sunday, November 27.

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Bay Hospitality Awards 2016 Finalists:
Pernod Ricard Outstanding Bar
• Brooklyn Patio & Eatery
• Vaudeville
• Mount Brewing Bar Co.

Meadow Fresh Outstanding Barista
• Hans - Folk Café
• Kim Shine - The Dry Dock Cafe
• Dan - Luca Café

Lion Co Outstanding Bartender
• Romain Saenger - Vaudeville
• Hamish Doyle - Astrolabe Brew Bar
• Katie Short - The Barrio Brothers

Calnar Business Systems Outstanding Café
• Columbus Café (Gate Pa)
• Flat White Cafe
• Love Rosies

Bidvest Tauranga Outstanding Chef
• Martin Allan - Mount Brewing Co.
• Mark (Zef) Peterson - Macau Bar & Kitchen Lounge
• Ian Harrison - Rye American Kitchen & Spirits

Menumate Point of Sale Outstanding Caterer
• Good Things Kitchen
• Devour Catering
• Handcrafted Food

Moana New Zealand Emerging Talent
• Madison Boyd - Fish Face Seafood & Wine Bar
• Yasmin Wilton - The Long Table Café
• Jessica Payne - The Pizza Library Co.

OneMusic Outstanding Design/Ambiance
• Nomad Food & Wine
• Macau Bar & Kitchen Lounge
• Flat White Cafe

Menumate Point of Sale Outstanding Front of House
• Flying Burrito Brothers
• Neighbourhood Beer Kitchen
• Brooklyn Patio & Eatery

Independant NZ Outstanding New Venue
• The Rising Tide
• Nomad Food & Wine
• Fish Face Seafood & Wine Bar

Gilmours Tauranga Outstanding Restaurant
• Harbourside Restaurant
• Macau Bar & Kitchen Lounge
• Post Bank Restaurant
Spark Business Outstanding Sales Representative
• Dan Shea - Mills Reef Winery
• Clint Lowrie - Gilmours Tauranga
• Joel Bartosh - Birds Wine

Bidvest NZ Outstanding Street Food
• Johney's Dumpling House
• Tia's Tacos
• Elizabeth Café and Larder