Archive for the ‘News’ Category
Spring 2012 | The promise of a long hot summer is just around the corner and meantime we are still enjoying the benefits of a strong ski season with very high occupancy levels in the hotel. Click hereto read the full newsletter.
September 2012 | Follow True South Dining Room‘s Executive Chef, Ben Batterbury on his trip to local Queenstown growers, who he collaborates with to bring fresh produce straight form the paddock to the plate. As featured in the latest issue of MiNDFOOD magazine, with story told by Editor, Michael McHugh and stunning photography by Andrew Coffey.
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21 August 2012 | As one of our key partners, Luxury Adventures interviewed our CEO, Mark Rose and Executive Chef Ben Batterbury. Get some key insights into the different aspects of their lives and how these influence the experiences we offer.
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15 August 2012 | The Rees Hotel Queenstown has achieved three finalist nominations in the prestigious â€˜2012 Hotel & Accommodation Management Magazine (HM) Awards For Hotel & Accommodation Excellence,â€™ now in its tenth year and widely recognised throughout the industry internationally.
Click here to read the full article online in the Otago Daily Times.
August 2012 | As part of True South Dining Room‘s Executive Chef, Ben Batterbury‘s New Zealand Beef and Lamb Ambassador role, he led a food demonstration for theÂ Winton branch of Rural Women New Zealand, as published in the bi-annual Rural Women’s Outlook.
August 2012 | True South Dining Room‘sÂ Executive Chef, BenÂ Batterbury has been working closely with The Seriously Good Chocolate Company to design gourmet chocolate rubs and a hot chocolate range. Sue Fea covers the many uses of chocolate in the latest issue of Hospitality Magazine.
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9th August 2012
THE REES HOTEL QUEENSTOWN FINALIST IN THREE CATEGORIESÂ FOR PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL HOSPITALITY AWARDS
The Rees Hotel Queenstown has achieved three finalist nominations in the prestigious ’2012 Hotel & Accommodation Management Magazine (HM) Awards For Hotel & Accommodation Excellence,’ now in its tenth year and widely recognised throughout the industry internationally.
The luxury lakefront property is finalist in the ‘Best Hotel New Zealand & South Pacific’ category while two key personnel have also attracted individual recognition. Chief Executive Officer Mark Rose and Executive Chef Ben Batterbury have both reached the final cut for ‘Best New Zealand General Manager’ and ‘Best Hotel Chef’ respectively.
The HM Awards has attracted a record 2300 entries across 41 categories from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. All qualifying candidates were required to submit a comprehensive written entry and went through a rigorous selection process by an esteemed judging panel made up of over 50 industry leaders, travel writers, industry experts and key clients. The results are audited externally by Ernst & Young.
CEO Mark Rose believes outstanding team work is what sets The Rees Queenstown apart and he praises his staff for their consistent efforts. Mr Rose even puts his own ‘Best NZ General Manager’ nomination down to a “collective and outstanding effort” by those around him.
“It’s very satisfying for the hotel to be recognised by its peers for the second year in a row. The Rees has been nominated for two out of the three years we’ve been open by HM and that’s a true reflection of the commitment to excellence and professionalism that our team makes,” says Rose.
The Rees Hotel’s Executive Chef, Ben Batterbury says his nomination is a “proud reflection of my passion for using the freshest and finest local artisan produce and True South Dining Room’s fantastically supportive network of suppliers, wineries and talented chefs who all make my job so easy.”
The nomination caps off an outstanding year for Batterbury who is a ’2012 NZ Beef & Lamb Ambassador Chef’ while True South Dining Room has just been awarded the distinguished ’2012 Award of Excellence’ by highly respected US wine and hospitality bible, the Wine Spectator.
The HM Award winners will be announced at an exclusive gala dinner and awards ceremony in Sydney on September 7 with over 600 hotel industry professionals expected to attend.
About HM Awards
Hotel & Accommodation Management magazine is in its 16th year as the leading industry journal spanning Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and parts of South East Asia.
HM has a circulation of over 6,500 and is received by all tiers of the hotel industry – from owners, fund managers and investors to CEOs, Presidents, senior executives, General Managers, Department Heads and Associates throughout the region.
In 2003, the HM Awards for Hotel & Accommodation Excellence were held for the first time and in the past 10 years, almost 4,500 people have attended the HM Awards and more than 450 awards have been awarded to hotels across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
About The Rees Hotel Queenstown, New Zealand
The Rees Hotel Queenstown is an award winning chic five star hotel situated on the absolute lakefront in Queenstown, New Zealand. Its landmark restaurant is the True South Dining Room.
About Mark Rose
Chief Executive Officer, The Rees Hotel Queenstown
Mark possesses a wealth of talents and experience having spent his working life in the hospitality industry in the United Kingdom, Unites States of America, Australia and New Zealand. He is a trained chef and a specialist in food and beverage services who has managed vineyard and winery operations in addition to his hotel management duties. He came to The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments Queenstown directly from an appointment as General Manager of the prestigious Cameron House on Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s finest luxury hotels.
About Ben Batterbury
Executive Chef, True South Dining Room
Is a current 2012 Beef and Lamb Ambassador and the only chef from New Zealand invited to join an ‘exclusive club’ of top chefs, industry legends, food maestros and award winning writers from around the world to participate at the prestigious Noosa International Food and Wine Festival 2012. The latest coup for True South Dining Room was a 2012 Award of Excellence by US wine and hospitality magazine, Wine Spectator.
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