HAPA-GAB Excellence Awards 2013-2014

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Majestic Hotel played host to the HAPA-GAB Excellence Awards 2013-2014 gala dinner on 16 April 2014, in a glitzy “Black & Gold” themed black tie event where Guinness Anchor Berhad (GAB), in collaboration with Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA), hosted one of Malaysia’s most prestigious hospitality awards to recognise and reward GAB trade partners who have demonstrated excellence in various categories to ensure the perfect customer experience is delivered to end consumers.

The 5 key quality attributes that were judged were:

  • Product Quality
  • Service Quality
  • F&B Innovation
  • General Operations
  • Ambience

Outlets were categorised into Restaurants, Bars, Resto-Bars and Clubs, where key quality attributes were judged according to their category by a panel of judges, a confidential group of experts and influential tastemakers selected by HAPA. These judges anonymously visited the nominated outlets within a five-month period as part of the stringent judging process.

Hans Essaadi, Managing Director of GAB shared during his opening speech, “GAB values our trade partners, and such, we want to support them by equipping them with stringent product and service quality training, as well as innovative techniques in delivering the perfect customer experience anytime and anywhere throughout Malaysia. It is extremely important for F&B establishments today to deliver quality and to be innovative in every way possible to ensure they are ahead of the game, as customers today are more discerning and have higher expectations,”

So what exactly are the criteria for the awards? Well have a look at this video..

 

Jessie Chuah - Heineken Senior Brand Manager, was awarded the "Best Looking Presenter Award"by funnyman Douglas Lim who was also one of the MCs of the event. I happen to agree with him.

Jessie Chuah – Heineken Senior Brand Manager, was awarded the “Best Looking Presenter Award”by funnyman Douglas Lim who was also one of the MCs of the event. I happen to agree with him.

  

The winners all smiles after receiving their awards. The full list of winners is at the bottom of this post.

The winners all smiles after receiving their awards. The full list of winners is at the bottom of this post.

Throughout the night we were served by an army of pretty brand ambassadors, all the beers in GAB’s portfolio. Check out my report card below!

 

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Mine was the second column from the left. Not too bad huh?

 

A beaming Fred Choo – the owner of WIP/ SOULed Out Group KL who took home the “Outlet of the Year”award shared, “To be in the same league as all the big names of the industry, which have been in the business for so many years, it’s really a surprise for us to have won the Outlet of the Year Award. The Malaysian hospitality industry today is not far from other developed countries. With strong competition coming in, service is constantly improving. The HAPA-GAB Excellence Awards is a wonderful way to be inspired and to set a benchmark for the industry.”

 

Here’s the list of winners of the HAPA-GAB EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2013-2014

BEST BAR

Gold: Never Mine, Kuala Lumpur

Silver: Bricks & Barrels, Ipoh

Bronze: Soho Country House, Penang

 

BEST RESTAURANT

Gold: The Bierhaus, Taman Sentosa, Johor

Silver: The Bierhaus, Johor Jaya, Johor

Bronze: Ben’s, Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang

 

BEST RESTO-BAR

Gold: SOULed Out, Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur

Silver: Zender’s Restaurant & Bar, Kuala Lumpur

Bronze: The Beer Factory, Sunway Giza, Selangor

 

BEST CLUB

Gold: Aruku The Walk, Johor

Silver: Lust, Kuala Lumpur

Bronze: Cuvee Wine & Champagne, Penang

 

BEST PRODUCT QUALITY

Gold: The Brazzo Restaurant & Lounge, Johor

Silver: Olive Kitchen & Bar, Johor

Bronze: The Bierhaus, Taman Sentosa, Johor

 

Sub-categories :

  • Perfect Serve TIGER: D Legends Bar, Kuala Lumpur

  • Perfect Serve GUINNESS: Palate Palette Restaurant & Bar, Kuala Lumpur

  • Perfect Serve HEINEKEN: Basic Pub & Bistro, Johor

  • Perfect Serve KILKENNY: Foos Steak House, Ipoh

 

MOST INNOVATIVE GUEST EXPERIENCE

Gold: The Bierhaus, Taman Sentosa, Johor

Silver: Malones Irish Bar, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur

Bronze: Zender’s Restaurant & Bar, Kuala Lumpur

 

SERVICE EXCELLENCE

Gold: Malones Irish Bar, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur

Silver: Beast Bar & Grill, Kuala Lumpur

Bronze: The Bierhaus, Taman Sentosa, Johor

 

OUTLET OF THE YEAR

SOULed Out, Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur

 

More info on HAPA at http://hapa.asia/

More info on GAB at http://www.gab.com.my/

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