ENTRIES NOW CLOSED
Pictured L to R: Jack Sharkey, managing director, Vision Commercial Kitchens; Sydney Aldridge, executive chef, Fortnum and Mason and Stephen Kinkead, managing director, Winterhalter
Following an overwhelming response to last year's inaugural competition, which was won by Bartek Malek of the Jumeirah Carlton hotel, the search is on to find the 2014 KP of the Year.
The competition is organised by Caterer and Hotelkeeper and spearheaded by Winterhalter.
Michel Roux Jr, a supporter of the initiative, said: "Good cooking starts with a clean pot and you can't serve good food on a dirty plate. Kitchen porters are worth their weight in gold. As a restaurateur I have utmost respect for KPs and I always look after them. They work very, very hard and are quite often the least paid in the kitchen. They deserve a pat on the back every day.
"This idea of having a Kitchen Porter of the Year is absolutely fantastic. I wholeheartedly back it. And I plan to put forward a couple of my own KPs."
The 2014 KP of the Year prize includes £1,000 cash for the individual KP and a celebratory meal for the KP and their friends and family in a casual dining restaurant of their choice. The winner's place of work will win a prize too, in the shape of one of Winterhalter's new DeMatik "greener and cleaner" under-counter warewashers, worth up to £8,000.
The deadline for entries is Friday 1 August. Successful applicants will be judged by a panel of industry experts (no presentation necessary) and the winner announced in September.