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Kitchen Porter of the Year competition celebrates seventh year with £12k prize fund

Kitchen Porter of the Year competition celebrates seventh year with £12k prize fund

Recognising the often unsung, yet vital, role of the Kitchen Porter, Winterhalter’s competition is open for entries. But hurry, deadline is 9 August 2019.

Nominations have already been received from all sectors of the catering industry, from Michelin-starred restaurants, to schools, military bases and production kitchens.

“This year’s prize fund is worth £12,000 and every nominee gets a special gift, making it the best year ever to nominate and celebrate your kitchen porter heroes,” says Stephen Kinkead, managing director of Winterhalter UK. “We’re always blown away by the quality of the entrants. It’s very inspiring to see companies wanting to acknowledge and celebrate the work of KPs, because without them everything else would grind to a halt.”

This is a sentiment echoed by top chefs and industry figures, who have lent their support to the competition down the years. As Nathan Outlaw said: “A good KP is the backbone of any kitchen.” Moreover, many chefs, including Paul Ainsworth of Number 6, Padstow and Chris McGowan of Wine & Brine, began their careers as a KP.

The winner receives a trophy, £1000 cash, and a celebratory dinner for family and friends. They also win a new Winterhalter for their work place, worth up to £8000. Two runners up receive cash prizes and every entrant gets a special KP of the Year apron, in a presentation tin, created by Oliver Hardy.  

To nominate your kitchen porter for KP of the Year 2019, visit

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