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Winterhalter searches for the UK's top kitchen porter


KP of the Year 2019 Davie Fleetham with head chef Jim Jawor at BaxterStory at RBS

Commercial dishwasher and glass washing expert Winterhalter is resuming its search for Kitchen Porter of the Year after a two year break.


Celebrating the vital contribution that KPs make in professional kitchens across the UK, the company says with so many people in hospitality's top jobs starting as KPs it's become one of the most popular foodservice industry awards.


Along with the kudos of being KP of the Year, the winner will receive a trophy, £1,000 cash, a brand new Winterhalter warewasher and a dinner for family and friends at a restaurant in their area. Two runners up will also receive cash prizes.


In addition, every single KP nominated gets an exclusive KP of the Year apron in a presentation tin.


Stephen Kinkead, managing director of Winterhalter UK, says: "Foodservice is bouncing back from the pandemic, so it's high time to turn the spotlight on KPs again, and the brilliant work they do.


"On top of an already tough job, over the past two years kitchen porters have had to show both determination and the flexibility to adapt to major changes in working practices."


To nominate your KP, simply fill out a short questionnaire at kpoftheyear.com. Closing date for entries is 29th July.


"I know how hard a KP's job is, because I've done it myself," adds Stephen. "I'd encourage people from every sector of the industry to nominate their kitchen porters for this award."


In the past KPs from hotels, hospitals, pubs, prisons and schools have all been in the running for the award.