Local kitchen porter recognised in BaxterStorey hospitality awards

David Gadsby, the kitchen porter at the National College for High Speed Rail, has been named as the country’s best by foodservice provider, BaxterStorey.

Gadsby has worked for the company in Doncaster for around a year and was named as the BaxterStorey’s Kitchen Porter of the Year following his work keeping the kitchen on campus running smoothly as the culinary team serve staff and students every day.

Hannah Garner, operations manager for BaxterStorey at the National College for High Speed Rail said: “David is a much loved and respected member of the team, and is fondly known as the ‘happiest man alive’. Our kitchen porters are the most fundamental team member in the kitchen, and David is no exception.”

Despite retiring as a hall porter several years ago, Gadsby came out of retirement and has since offered relief kitchen support across 16 sites for BaxterStorey.

According to colleagues, even at the age of 75, Gadsby is always the first to offer his services for additional help during busy periods, and shows no intention of slowing down.

Dave Hawkes, regional managing director at BaxterStorey, added: “The Awards showcase the outstanding talent in our business, including the unsung heroes such as David. He is a credit to our company and this award is a real testimony to his teamwork, positivity and dedication.”

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