Caterer and Hotelkeeper's KP of the Year competition in partnership with Winterhalter, which has been attracting lots of support from some well-known chefs, is still open for entries.
Winterhalter's managing director Stephen Kinkead who worked a shift as a KP at Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham, said: "It's bloody hard work - without them, no clean plates, no clean pots. A top restaurant like this creates so many dirty dishes; I don't know how the guys do it."
Sat Bains agreed: "On a typical night we'll get through 700 to 900 pieces of crockery. Then we have silverware, glassware. You can be looking at 10 glasses per customer. Good kitchen porters are absolutely crucial."
If you haven't entered your KP yet there is still time to do it - and if you needed an added incentive Winterhalter has confirmed that the winning KP's establishment will win one of its still-to-be-launched new pass-through machines launching in September, worth in excess of £12,000 (list price).
The new warewasher will feature new technologies that save energy, water and chemicals. The prize will include the warewasher itself and installation (but not tabling) and will be in addition to the previously announced prize of £500 cash and a meal for the winner and up to five colleagues at a chef's table Michelin-starred restaurant.
Entries close on 20 May 2013.
To enter your KP now visit www.catererandhotelkeeper.co.uk/kpoftheyear