The festival awards recognise excellence in Visa Wellington On a Plate participants. Usually, you have the chance to help determine who will be awarded best Festival Dish, Cocktail and Burger Wellington each year.
This year we we've taken the decision to not have public ratings or Festival Awards for Burger, Cocktail, Dine Wellington. This year we're all about collaboration, community and lifting everyone up rather than competition. Anything else is just not appropriate in the current climate. For more info on changes due to Covid-19, head here.
See below for winners, runners up and finalists.
Your Visa WOAP 2019 winners!
Best Dine Wellington Festival Dish winner Grace Patisserie with "The Egg"
Best Cocktail Wellington winner Pravda with "Schmoke and a Pancake"
2019 Runners up
Garage Project presents Burger Wellington second place. Leroy's with "Lucy's Got Dragon Breath"
Cocktail Wellington second place. Hanging Ditch with "Salt, Cream, Acid, Bubbles"
Dine Wellington Festival Dish third place. Field & Green with "Cassola" - a baked ricotta and orange zest soufflé
Garage Project presents Burger Wellington third place. Sweet Release with "Jacked Up"
Cocktail Wellington third place. The Crab Shack with "One Night In Bangkok"
Dine Wellington 2019 - Best Festival Dish Finalists
Apachè - Sea, Land, Sky
Arborist Rooftop Bar & Eatery - Smoked black bean and corn Hush Puppy tostada
Field & Green - Cassola - baked Zany Zeus ricotta and orange zest soufflé
Grace Patisserie - The Egg
Wholesale Boot Company - Aromatic master stock braised beef short rib, sizzling choy sum, fragrant Waikanae cray fried rice
Burger Wellington 2019 - Best Burger Finalists
Apachè - Surf & Turf
Bellamy's - The Coalition
Café Medici - Prawn Underbelly
Leroy's Bar - Lucy’s Got Dragon Breath
Sweet Release - Jacked Up
Cocktail Wellington 2019 - Best Cocktail Finalists
Charley Noble - Artemis
Hanging Ditch - Salt, Cream, Acid, Bubbles
Lulu - You Had Me at Heihei
Pravda - Schmoke and a Pancake
The Crab Shack - One Night in Bangkok
Outstanding Innovation - presented by Yellow Brick Road
Event - Bandersnack by Hillside Kitchen & Cellar
Festival Dish - Hillside Kitchen & Cellar
Cocktail - Coco At The Roxy
Burger - Karaka Cafe
Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme - presented by iTicket
Event - Big Foodie Quiz of the Year - Havana Bar
Festival Dish - Hippotamus
Cocktail - Mr Go's
Burger - Rogue & Vagabond
The 2019 Judges
Up-and-coming British-born chef Jack Cashmore heads up the Blue Duck Station in remote central North Island. Jack brings his passion for taste and knowledge of cuisine from time spent at two Michelin starred restaurants, Sat Bains in Nottingham, In de Wulf in Belgium and as head chef at Anglo in London.
Nalini and her husband Colin have owned and operated their olive grove and brand Lot Eight since 1997. She's a familiar face around Wellington, supplying restaurants across the capital with high quality extra-virgin olive oil. A passionate foodie, Nalini makes the trip over the hill multiple times every August to attend Visa Wellington On a Plate events.
Riki is an international cocktail judge, winner of numerous cocktail competitions including the Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix. He is also the manager of Highball, New Zealand's annual cocktail & spirits festival.
Kalliana is the co-creator of successful food Instagram account, Wellingnoms. Wellingnoms began during Visa Wellington On a Plate four years ago and Kalliana has eaten her way around the capital ever since.
Nick "Huffdaddy" Huffman
Nick Huffman’s illustrious career has spanned almost four decades and include accolades such as ‘Chef of the Nation’, creating a hot sauce empire and stints in South Africa, France and Australia. In Auckland he was chef patron of his own restaurant Wheelers on Ponsonby Rd, then went on to be executive chef at Huka Lodge, Taupo, and executive chef at Wellington’s much loved Matterhorn.
Burger Wellington: Best Burger
2019: Cafe Medici
2018: Wilson Barbecue
2017: Mr Go's
2015: Egmont St. Eatery
2014: Charley Noble
2013: Ti Kouka
2012: Boulcott Street Bistro
2011: Café Polo
2010: Lembas Café
Cocktail Wellington: Best Cocktail
2018: CGR Merchant Co.
2017: CoCo at The Roxy
2016: CoCo at The Roxy
2015: CoCo at The Roxy
Dine Wellington: Best Festival Dish
2019: Grace Patisserie
2018: Field & Green
2017: Ortega Fish Shack & Bar
2016: Jano Bistro
2015: Logan Brown
2014: The White House