Cycling chef wins Hobart kit for kitchen

A hotel chef who braves a daily 16-mile-round-trip to work on his bicycle and has never had a day off sick in 15 years has landed Hobart’s second ‘Unsung Hero’ accolade.

Nick Dodd, who is the longest-serving employee at Telford-based Hadley Park House Hotel, has won his kitchen a new undercounter warewasher worth £5,000 for his efforts.

Dodd joined the country house as a kitchen porter direct from school and has risen through the ranks to become a senior member of the catering team.

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He said the award was made even sweeter by the fact that 2014 marks his fifteenth year on the job.

“I came here as a kitchen porter and have been able to progress to breakfast and pastry chef. The Hadley Park team has been good to me; my commitment is a way of paying them back,” he said.

He added that the prize of a new warewasher had come at a particularly opportune time as its existing machine is “way past its retirement age”.

Dodd was nominated by a director of the hotel in recognition of his dedication to the business over the years and the blossoming of his skill base during his time in employment.

His unblemished 15-year attendance record equates to 32,400 hours of work, while he has now covered 69,000 miles cycling to work and back — almost equivalent to travelling around the Earth three times!

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