Emma Ogilvie and Nick Landsman.
Samir Allen.
Sean Bone, Bryan Anderson and Nicholas Fury.
Lesley Chandra (left).
Georgia van Prehn.
Hugo Baird.

Vote now: Who are the talented new guard operators making waves in the hospo scene?

Fresh is one flavour we all crave in our food. The city’s dining scene wouldn’t be what it is today without the restaurateurs that have spent decades bringing it to life. Alas with the ever-changing nature of the industry, off the back of a challenging couple of years, a new guard is now being ushered in. With a wave of eateries opening around Tāmaki Makaurau, this new category is all about celebrating the faces of the future that are set to redefine our beloved restaurant experience. And there’s no one better to decide the winner than you — the person who loves good food more than most. If there’s a notable new guard that you think may have been overlooked, share them with us in the comments below.

Everybody who votes goes in the draw to win one of three $1000 vouchers to be spent at one of the American Express Local Dining Collection locations — a list of which can be found here.

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Voting has now closed. The 2022 Denizen Hospo Heroes presented by American Express will be announced in the Winter issue of Denizen magazine (released on 23rd May, 2022).

The Denizen Hospo Heroes 2022 ‘Best New Guard Operator’ Shortlist:

Carlo BuenaventuraBar Magda

David Lee The Candy Shop, Poni, Gochu, Camper Coffee

Diva Giles and Logan BirchBeau

Emma Ogilvie and Nick LandsmanBar Céleste, East Street Hall, Star Superette, Cantine

Georgia van PrehnAlta

Henry Mitchell TempleAnnabel’s, East Street Hall

Hugo Baird Lilian, Hotel Ponsonby

Jason Rosen, Adam Neal and Olly FittonBrolly, The Broken Lantern, Parasol & Swing

John Yip and Jamie YeonOmni

Lesley ChandraSidart

Matt RossCandela

Patrick & Charles WilliamsWilliams Eatery

Paul & Lisa LeeOckhee

Samir AllenGemmayze Street

Sean Bone, Bryan Anderson and Nicholas FuryParade

For more information on the 2022 Denizen Hospo Heroes presented by American Express, click here.

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