Winterhalter chief becomes kitchen porter

Winterhalter’s MD Stephen Kinkead has stepped into the shoes of one of its customers to see what it’s like to work as a kitchen porter.

Kinkead ditched the suit and donned the KP’s uniform as part of the promotional activity around a competition that the manufacturer has launched to find the kitchen porter of the year.

Seeing as a kitchen porter is one of the most physically demanding jobs in the hospitality market, the Winerhalter boss thought he’d give it a crack by doing a stint at Sat Bains’ Michelin-starred restaurant in Nottingham.

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His verdict? “Bloody hard work! For us, the KP is the backbone of the kitchen. Without them, no clean plates, no clean pots. A top restaurant like this creates so many dirty dishes; I don’t know how the guys do it.”

Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms typically gets through 700 to 900 pieces of crockery a night, as well as silverware and glassware. In some cases, it can be looking at 10 glasses per customer.

Winterhalter has put together a package of prizes for the kitchen porter of the year including £500 cash and a meal for the winner and up to five colleagues at a chef’s table at a Michelin-starred restaurant. The winner’s establishment will also receive some Winterhalter kit.

Winterhalter has produced a video to kick off the search, which can be viewed here.

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