Winterhalter says there are just 10 days left to submit entries to its Kitchen Porter of the Year competition.
The competition is all about celebrating the contribution that kitchen porters make to the hospitality industry. While most entries come from the establishments themselves there is nothing to stop dealers nominating someone from one of their customers.
Plenty of people in the industry started out as KPs, so know the level of graft involved in scrubbing floors and washing dishes.
Peter Kitchin, managing director of C&C Catering Equipment, can certainly vouch that its tough work.
He recalls his KP jobs, as a teenage schoolboy, first at Little Chef and then in the Royal Infirmary, Chester.
“I mopped floors, worked in the wash up — we had no utensil washer in those days — helped stack the flight dishwasher, and cleaned the fryers and hot ovens. Then I progressed to peeling bags of spuds in a rumbler and making hundreds of salads.
“We worked extremely hard, sometimes we’d do 12 hours a day, but I loved it. After work I’d cycle home – those were the days!”
Kitchin said he fully supports the aims of Winterhalter’s KP of the Year competition.
“The idea of a KP competition is a great one. These guys work early and late and graft all day, it’s good to see them valued.”
The KP of the Year competition closes on August 1. The winner will receive £1,000 in cash and a celebratory dinner for up to 12 guests. Their establishment will get a new Winterhalter DeMatik machine, worth more than £8,000.