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Winterhalter and The Caterer announce finalists for the KPOTY competition

Ten of the best: Top ten kitchen porters of 2022 announced

Winterhalter and The Caterer reveal finalists for the Kitchen Porter of the Year competition


The top ten kitchen porters in the UK have been announced, as part of the Kitchen Porter of the Year competition organised by Winterhalter UK in association with The Caterer.

The competition, now in its ninth year, was created with the aim of recognising the importance of KPs to catering and foodservice. Since 2013 it has gone from strength to strength as restaurants, pubs, hotels, schools and contract caterers have nominated their staff to celebrate and recognise the hard but vital work they do.

In advance of the grand final where the overall winner will be revealed, the ten finalists have been announced. The judging panel includes James Horler, chief executive of Ego Restaurants and chairman of Notes Music & Coffee and Ping Pong; Hayden Groves, chef consultant; Deborah Homshaw, managing director of education and healthcare at CH&CO; Stephen Kinkead, managing director of Winterhalter UK; and Lisa Jenkins, managing editor of The Caterer.

"We've had eight winners of this competition now and it's been fantastic to see how the contest highlights the job that KPs do," says Stephen Kinkead. "It's back-breaking work that deserves due recognition."

Deborah Hornshaw is a new addition to the jury for 2022. "I was impressed with the breadth of experience, professionalism and care from all the many nominators," she says. "To read the outpouring of such depths of appreciation and respect from each of the nominee's own teams was indeed moving. Long may that pride in the job be heard and recognised. It truly cements my belief that our kitchen porters are pivotal in the success of our industry's kitchens in so many diverse ways."

This year the overall winner will take home £1000, and a celebratory meal for the KP, their friends and family in a casual dining restaurant of their choice. Meanwhile, the winner's place of work wins one of Winterhalter's products worth up to £8000.

Two highly commended KPs will also win a cash prize, and every KP who enters will receive an Oliver Hardy KP of the Year branded apron in recognition of their duties.

The top 10 finalists are:

Gerry Daly, head kitchen porter, Cameron House, Loch Lomond, Scotland

Moustapha Diongue, kitchen porter, the Langham, London

Andrea Geraci, kitchen porter, Apricity, London

Geoff Goater, kitchen porter, Rick Stein, Cornwall

Marcin Kwasniewski, head kitchen porter, BaxterStorey, London

Roy Madden, kitchen porter, Daish's Esplanade Hotel, Scarborough

Victor Shooter, head kitchen porter, Baxterstorey, British American Tobacco, London

Remy Tingson, kitchen assistant, the Red Lion, Fuller's, London

Michael Toader, head kitchen porter, Victory Service Club, London

Lango Wyaba, supervisor, Act Clean at Le Cordon Bleu, London


The picture with this PR shows, from left, Lisa Jenkins, James Horler, Stephen Kinkead and Deborah Homshaw. 

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