Seminal figures in the evolution of Auckland’s hospitality scene, these innovative operators are pushing the industry forward thanks to the warm hospitality that awaits anyone dining at their venues. While Hugo Baird, owner of Lilian and Hotel Ponsonby was voted the favourite, he was closely followed by the likes of David Lee (Gochu, The Candy Shop, Good Dog Bad Dog, Green Door Pizza and Poni), Gemmayze Street’s Samir Allen, Bar Céleste’s Emma Ogilvie and Nick Landsman and Bar Magda’s Carlo Buenaventura.
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