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The Top Ten KPs of the Year 2017

Shortlist announced for annual KP competition

The search for the 2017 KP of the Year is nearly over as Winterhalter, the company behind the awards, has announced the shortlist for this year’s trophy.

Judges for the 2017 awards include  James Horler, chief executive of 360 Restaurants; Richard Davies, executive chef of Calcot Manor Hotel; Anne Pierce, chief executive of Springboard UK; Sara Jayne Stanes, chief executive of the of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts; Hayden Groves, executive chef, BaxterStorey; and Stephen Kinkead, managing director, Winterhalter UK.

Stephen Kinkead was delighted with the continued response to the competition and said:  “The calibre of entries just keeps getting stronger and stronger.  This year was the most difficult to judge yet.” (more…)

Is the KP of the Year working in YOUR kitchen?

Winterhalter offers prizes worth £10k+ in annual awards

The search is on for the KP of the Year 2017The 2017 KP of the Year Awards have been launched and the search is on for the best kitchen porter in the land.  The awards are the brainchild of Winterhalter, the market leader in commercial warewashers.  Managing director Stephen Kinkead is encouraging entrants from all sectors of the industry.  “In previous years we’ve had entries from schools, stadia and snack bars, pubs and prisons, hotels and hospitals, restaurants and residential homes, barracks and banquet caterers… even the Houses of Parliament,” he says.  “Everyone’s a winner, as every entrant receives a presentation tin containing a special KP apron.”   (more…)

‘Ninja in the kitchen’ is KP of the Year: Mick’s the pick in toughest year ever

Judges unveil 2016’s top Kitchen Porter: Mick Dunn of Rubens at the Palace

kp-of-the-year-2016-mick-dunn-left-with-stephen-kinkead-of-winterhalterThe KP of the Year for 2016 is Mick Dunn of Rubens at the Palace, London SW1.  “Mick won in the face of some incredibly tough competition – the toughest year ever – which shows he’s absolutely a top man in his field,” says Stephen Kinkead, managing director of Winterhalter, the company behind the KP of the Year awards.  (more…)

KP of the Year 2016: shortlist announced

One of these ten superstars will win £10,000 prize

After a marathon negotiation session, the judges of the 2016 KP of the Year have narrowed down this year’s entries to a shortlist of ten.  One of them will win top sara-jayne-stanes-was-a-judge-of-the-2016-kp-of-the-year-awardsglory and £10,000-worth of prizes.“But all of them deserve enormous congratulation – every one of them inspires their brigade with their dedication and work ethic,” says Stephen Kinkead, managing director of Winterhalter UK, the company behind the awards.

Sara Jayne Stanes, chief executive of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, was one of the judges.  “For the fourth year running we’ve had the most phenomenal number of entries,” she says. “I’m more and more impressed with every entry I read – it’s really difficult to make a choice even for the top thirty, let alone the actual winner.”


“KPs are the key players in the kitchen” says chef Duncan Miller

With £10k-worth of prizes in KP of the Year 2016, more chefs shout out for their KPs

Duncan Miller Head Chef at Galgorm Resort  SpaJohn Whyte and Duncan Miller work at two of Northern Ireland’s most popular hospitality establishments, the former head chef at Armagh City Hotel, the latter Galgorm Resort & Spa. Both spoke in support of Winterhalter’s Kitchen Porter of the Year awards, discussing the KP’s importance not just in their restaurants, but in any commercial kitchen.

“Our hotel has a five-star rating, and it’s not just the chefs that are involved in that, it’s mainly the KPs,” says John Whyte. “They’re the ones who are making the kitchen run smoothly. They often help the chefs, too; their day is endless.” (more…)

Wanted: Super KPs

Winterhalter launches Kitchen Porter of the Year 2016 – with £10,000 in prizes to be won

Kitchen Porter of the Year 2015 Peter Barnetson and Stephen Kinkead Managing Director of Winterhalter UKIs your KP a super hero of the kitchen?  Leading dishwasher specialist Winterhalter is on the hunt to find the best kitchen porter in the UK.  The winner will be crowned KP of the Year 2016 and, along with the glory (and the trophy), will receive £1,000 cash plus a celebratory dinner for friends and family.  On top of that, the winner’s establishment will get a Winterhalter warewasher worth up to £8,000.  (more…)

Step Forward, Bartek Malek: Kitchen Porter of the Year 2013

KP wins prizes worth over £12,500 in awards conceived and sponsored by Winterhalter

KP of the Year Bartek Malek, centre, with executive chef Simon Young, right, and Stephen Kinkead of WinterhalterBartek Malek of the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge is the 2013 Kitchen Porter of the year. The award, conceived and sponsored by Winterhalter, is designed to celebrate the huge, often overlooked contribution that KPs make to the foodservice industry.

As KP of the Year Bartek has won £500 cash and an unforgettable experience – a night out with five colleagues at the chef’s table in a Michelin Star restaurant. Plus, for his workplace, he’s won a brand new Winterhalter pass-through warewasher worth an estimated £12,000.  (more…)

Will your KP win you a £12k pass through dishwasher?

Winterhalter announces extra prize for KP of the year Awards

Winterhalter will give away one of its new pass through mahcines in the KP of the Year 2013 Awards.The search is on for the KP of the Year, in a competition backed by Winterhalter, the market leading warewasher manufacturer.  Now Winterhalter has confirmed that, alongside cash and other prizes for the winner, the KP of the Year’s establishment will win a pass-through warewasher worth £12,000.  The warewasher is the new, advanced hood machine being launched by Winterhalter in September 2013.

Top chefs have voiced their support for the KP of the Year competition, including Francis Atkins of the Yorke Arms, who says “A good KP is pure gold in the operation of an efficient and productive kitchen.  I see this award as being instrumental in encouraging young people to enter kitchens to learn and progress, so they have targets and enjoyment throughout their work and receive respect from their peers.” (more…)

From MD to KP: Winterhalter boss sweats a shift for Sat Bains

Kinkead admits he’s unlikely to be candidate for Kitchen Porter of the Year Winterhalter's Stephen Kinkead worked as KP under Sat Bains

Being a kitchen porter is one of the most physically demanding jobs in the hospitality market.  Winterhalter has launched a competition to find the KP of the year and, as part of the promotional activity around the event, the company’s managing director, Stephen Kinkead, worked as a KP at Sat Bains’ restaurant in Nottingham.  (more…)