2AWA: Hottest Hospo of the Year

by kowhai on November 15, 2007

We had a rather heated debate over the Wellingtonista email list over the inclusion of this category in the awards, with one person thinking it was derogatory and insulting. That person got told quite sternly to “READ THE WIKI ALREADY!” so they could discover that the hospitality people we were paying tribute to weren’t being objectified merely for their looks, but also for the quality of service that they provide and the way that they contribute to the overall experience of a place. And that’s not objectifying at all, honest…

Can I have a pint…and your phone number, thanks:
Hotties (or rather: ‘talented good people’) are after the jump…

Enzo from Scopa

enzoEveryone in Wellington is aware of how hot Enzo is – including himself, no doubt, but that doesn’t detract from his appeal. He’s easy on the eye, passionate about good food and good service, remembers his regulars and gladhands lucky customers. One of these days he’s going to make someone a bloody good husband/Civil Union Partner (with those family ties, he can no doubt cook, make coffee and mix a good cocktail) and there are plenty of Wellingtonistas who’d gladly line up for that priviledge.

B. Keyz from Southern Cross Electric Quiz

KeyzThere’s a reason that the Wellingtonista put up with the terrible service, chipped glasses and mediocre food at the Southern Cross to go to their quiz night every Tuesday, and it’s not just because we keep winning bar tabs. Quizmaster Keyz is always sharply dressed, sharp-tongued and sharp-witted. He lets us argue with him about the right answers, laughs at our jokes and hasn’t yet thrown us out for inappropriate comments written on our answer sheets. He’s not only the master of the quiz, he’s also the master of our squeally girly crushes.

C. The staff at Mighty Mighty

The thing about Mighty Mighty is that it’s hard to pick just one person as the hottest staff member. In fact, it’s been debated vigorously all over the toilet walls in the Ladies’, but so far there is no clear winner. All of them go that extra mile with a smile when serving you their tasty cheap wine, or painstakingly hand-cranking the ice crushing machine for your cocktails. There’s the Sallys – both the redhead and the magnificantly tattooed, the Jap-froed Kohei, and the Baby Hitler-faced Matt so there’s bound to be someone to suit all tastes.

D. Jonny at Hawthorn

A beautiful man in a waistcoat with a bountiful supply of liquor at his hands, who remembers your drink preferences and offers you tastes of things in a similar vein to challenge your senses. Need we say more?

E. Nicola at Wineseeker

After a red wine to drink with fish’n chips? Ask Nicola. Want a riesling for less than $20 that tastes like it’s from Waipara but is actually something different? Ask Nicola. In all matters to do with wine, she always knows exactly what we want, when we want it, and why. And if single Wellingtonistas meet hot people at the upcoming Speed-Wine-tasting, we just might have to name our children after her…

F. Jesse at the Maranui Surf Cafe

Given how insanely busy they are, it’s a wise decision on the part of the Maranui Surf Cafe to generally keep the moustachioed Jesse behind the counter. If he was out and circulating amongst the tables, customers would sit for hours ordering more and more as the queues got longer and longer. Instead, they rush to get to the cash register to pay, so they can be smiled at, and have their orders praised (“Chocolate AND strawberry milkshake? Genius!”). Everyone likes to be made to feel like they’re smart, especially when the complimenter is so damn cute. It makes the hangover that much easier to deal with.

Stalk all these staff using the “hottest hospo” tag on Zoomin.

Anonymous November 28, 2007 at 7:12 am

Keyz is soooo great! He is even going to “MC” an “Oldies” wedding in the new year!

Go Keyz, you have our “old” support all the way!!

F and I.

Joanna November 25, 2007 at 6:19 pm

Hi Liv,

Cheers for posting! It’s great to know we’re being read. I think sometimes we’re harder on the Cross than we might be on other places because it’s got so much potential. And reading your comment makes us happy, and definitely gives you and the bar more props in our eyes.

kowhai November 25, 2007 at 7:51 pm

Hi Liv,

It is really nice of you to post. Very gracious. I have plenty of love for the Cross but I also stand by what Tom said. That is the thing about the net, you come across people chattering among themselves and you will get some unvarnished feedback!
Also what Joanna said, so much potential, such a great space, great events and activities.

I know I will be back on a regular basis even if I find some dude called Sam giving me the evils 😉

Leyra November 24, 2007 at 12:13 pm

Keyz is the best Quiz Master in Wellington

KEYZ the electric Quizz Master is the best in Wellington’s Southern Cross Tavern

Good Luck>>>>>

Hadyn November 26, 2007 at 8:36 am

Hi Liv,

If you fix up all the faults I’ll rescind my current ban of the Cross (created after three awful experiences in a row*). Because the quiz is awesome and I want to go again.

*you know the general customer rule in NZ, Don’t complain but don’t return.

Ave November 29, 2007 at 9:13 pm

Keyz, have loved him since long ago and still going strong!!!

Kathy December 6, 2007 at 8:08 am

Go Keyz your the best you deserve to win. Every Friday you take care of us

Liv November 23, 2007 at 9:01 am

Thanks for your feedback Wellingtonista,while it’s not always easy to hear it’s always good to have and we will continue to work on all the issues you have raised.

Also we are very proud of Keyz! He puts heaps into the quiz and deserves the recognition.


General Manager
Southern Cross

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