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Otago Daily Times

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

15 August 2012 | 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.

Chief Executive Officer Mark Rose and Executive Chef Ben Batterbury both gained finalist nominations for ‘Best New Zealand General Manager’ and ‘Best Hotel Chef’ respectively.

Click here to read the full article online in the Otago Daily Times.

Rural Women Outlook

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

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 the Winton branch of Rural Women New Zealand, as published in the bi-annual Rural Women’s Outlook.

Click here to read the full article, or view the online magazine here.

Hospitality Magazine

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

August 2012 | True South Dining Room‘s Executive Chef, Ben 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.

Click here to see the full article.

The Southland Times

Monday, August 13th, 2012

13 August 2012 | The Rees Hotel has achieved three finalist nominations in the prestigious 2012 Hotel & Accommodation Management (HM) Awards for hotel and accommodation excellence, as featured in The Southland Times.

Click here to read the full article online.

Media Release | 9 August 2012

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

IMMEDIATE Announcement
9th August 2012

THE REES HOTEL QUEENSTOWN FINALIST IN THREE CATEGORIES 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.

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Background

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.

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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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Sunday Star-Times | Escape

Monday, August 6th, 2012

5 August 2012 | Find out more about True South Dining Room’s Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in the Tavel – Infodesk section of  Escape in the Sunday Star-Times.

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Mountain Scene

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

2 August 2012 | True South Dining Room at The Rees Hotel was among a chosen few to receive a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence from US magazine Wine Spectator, as featured in Mountain Scene. Click here to read the full article online.

Otago Daily Times

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

25 July 2012 | Our flagship restaurant, True South Dining Room, has received a Wine Spectator award for excellence due to it’s extensive wine offering. Click here to read the full story in the Otago Daily Times.

Media Release | 24 July 2012

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Media Release
24th July 2012

US WINE SPECTATOR AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR QUEENSTOWN’S TRUE SOUTH DINING

True South Dining Room is one of only seven top tier New Zealand restaurants to be awarded the 2012 Award of Excellence by US wine and hospitality magazine, Wine Spectator.

The internationally acclaimed Wine Spectator’s annual Excellence Awards recognise a wine list of 100 or more quality wine selections that thematically match a restaurant’s cuisine.

True South Dining Room has an exclusive library of Bordeaux wines with vintages selected from all the great houses of Bordeaux.  Wines from world-renown chateaux such as Latour, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, Gruaud Larose, Malescot St Exupery and Lynch Bages nestle with the best wines of Central Otago and New Zealand in the professionally-managed, temperature-controlled wine cellar servicing the hotel and restaurant’s Bordeau Wine Lounge.

Candice Chow, The Rees Hotel and True South Dining Room Food & Beverage Operations Manager says it’s the restaurants ability to match exquisite wine with fresh local dishes in addition to an entire wine programme – which includes tastings, wine pairing and the True South Culinary Series – that sets the restaurant apart for this award.

A great supporter of local vineyards, True South hosts the Culinary Series in conjunction with prestigious New Zealand wineries throughout the year – John Buck of Te Mata Estate Winery will present the next event, September 12th.

True South Dining Room is the only New Zealand new entrant to pick up the international Wine Spectator accolade. The Rees CEO Mark Rose says it’s recognition of the effort they have put into building a world-class cellar while confirming their place as one of New Zealand’s elite dining experiences.

“Wine Spectator is known as an industry bible so to have this tribute from such a widely-read and esteemed reviewer is huge kudos.”

It’s not the first time the Queenstown restaurant has received accolades for its fine dining and wine list.  The restaurant was named as a Premier Award winner in the inaugural Taste of New Zealand Awards (TONZA) programme last year and Head Chef Ben Batterbury was selected as an Ambassador Chef in the 2012 Beef & Lamb Excellence Awards – a first for the tourism capital of Queenstown.

All Wine Spectator award winners are featured in Wine Spectator’s August issue which hits newsstands on July 24.

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Background

The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments, Queenstown, New Zealand

The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments blends chic five star accommodation with all the comforts of home and the service and facilities of an elite international hotel.

Situated on the absolute lakefront, The Rees’ terraced construction delivers complete privacy and showcases panoramic views overlooking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables Mountains in Queenstown, New Zealand.

It’s landmark restaurant is the True South Dining Room.

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Victoria Hawkins
markomPR
Ph: (09) 575 0821
Mob: (021) 605 342
Email: victoria.hawkins@markomPR.com

Sarah Sparks
Director markomPR
Ph: (09) 575 0824
Mob: (021) 318 813
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Fiordland Advocate

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

12 July 2012 | The Fiordland Advocate spoke with True South Dining Room‘s Executive Chef, Ben Batterbury about his cooking demonstration with Rural Women NZ in Winton, as part of his NZ Beef and Lamb Ambassador role.

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