Race to find top kitchen porter picks up pace

Winterhalter's PT-M in action at Banjos Brasserie Jersey

Winterhalter’s search for the 2015 Kitchen Porter of the Year is now in full swing, with entries received from across the foodservice industry, including restaurants, schools, pubs, hotels and hospitals. 

The award is designed to celebrate the contribution that kitchen porters make to the foodservice industry, with the winning candidate picking up £1,000 in prize money and a new dishwasher for their company.

Each year top chefs add their weight to the cause — the latest being Shaun Searley of The Quality Chop House.

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He said: “Many people don’t understand what kitchen porters go through on a daily basis. They are so often left out of the appreciation loop. We need to show that appreciation — KPs are a really integral cog in the make-up of a restaurant. It’s our job as chefs and waiters to show our respect and include them in everything we do.”

This year the prizes include £1,000 cash for the winner, a celebratory meal and a Winterhalter machine worth £8,000 for their establishment. There are also cash prizes of £250 for the two runners-up.

Kitchen porters can be nominated for the award here.

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