Industry applauds Ken Winch’s contribution

Members of the catering equipment community raised a glass in honour of the work of Ken Winch at a special dinner for the well-known foodservice consultant last week.

Winch was joined by 55 guests, including FCSI peers and select distributors and kitchen houses, for the occasion, which took place at The Don restaurant in London.

His SeftonHornWinch colleague, Derek Horn, gave a speech about Winch’s career as a foodservice design consultant and outlined his many achievements in the industry over the years.

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The night was organised and hosted by Meiko, which in the past has arranged similar events celebrating the accomplishments of Tony Galvin and Rosemary Osbourne, also both former FCSI chairs.

UK managing director, Bill Downie, who was joined at the dinner by Meiko directors from Germany, said it wanted to recognise Winch’s successes in the industry.

“Ken is a past chairman worldwide of FCSI and he stepped down from that role two or three years ago,” said Downie. “To be honest it was a pretty low key handover and we just felt that he didn’t get the recognition that he should have got for turning design on its head in this country many years ago.

“He probably set the bar for design as it is today — certainly in terms of fabrication and other aspects — and we just felt he needed to be a bit more acknowledged than what we perceived he had been.”

The event ended with Winch and his wife being presented with the gift of a weekend spa break.

“It was a beautify dinner and it went down extremely well with the people who attended — we had some great plaudits,” added Downie.

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