Warewashing manufacturer Winterhalter is rallying the industry to salute some of the hardest working people you’ll find in a commercial kitchen by declaring Monday June 22 ‘National Kitchen Porter Day’.
The company, which runs a competition every year to find the UK’s top kitchen porter, is keen to recognise the important role that KPs play and celebrate the work they do to make kitchens across the UK tick.
As well as branding National KP Day an “opportunity to thank KPs for their work”, Winterhalter is putting its money where its mouth is by pledging to give away up to £1,000 to charity.
It is asking chefs and managers to tweet photos of their KPs, with the hashtag #kpday and will donate £1 for each of the first 1,000 photos tweeted. All money raised will go to the Springboard Charity, which helps disadvantaged people find work in the catering industry.
“It’s time to give KPs the recognition and respect they deserve,” said Stephen Kinkead, managing director of Winterhalter UK, who thought of National KP Day. “A day in their honour is a way to highlight the fantastic work they do.”
Kinkead said the work that kitchen porters do, such as cleaning the kitchen, clearing the clutter, invariably allows operators, managers, chefs and waiters to shine, and customers to dine.
Many leading chefs have put on record their attitude towards the importance of kitchen porters, including Brian Turner, CBE. He quipped: “I have been known to say, ‘if a chef fights with a kitchen porter, one of them will have to go. And it probably won’t be the kitchen porter.’”–
Winterhalter said that it will upload all the photos to a gallery on the KP of the Year Awards website, accessible at: www.kpoftheyear.com.