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4th December 2019

Winterhalter announces runners up for Kitchen Porter of the Year

Written by: Edward Waddell
As part of the sixth Kitchen Porter of the Year awards, warewashing brand Winterhalter announced Cheryl Wrightson of Jurys Inn Middlesbrough and Sam Idubor of the RAF Club in Piccadilly as the runners up.

Both runners up received a trophy, a KP of the Year apron and £250 as well as being recognised as one of the UK’s top kitchen porters. 

Davie Fleetham, who has been a kitchen porter for BaxterStorey at RBS in Edinburgh for 17 years, won the 2019 Kitchen Porter of the Year award. 

Idubor, a kitchen porter for the RAF Club for over two years, said: “I have worked here for two years and I love it!  I am part of a great team so to be recognised for such a big award is amazing, I am very happy.  The club told me that I was in the Top 10 but to receive Highly Commended is just brilliant.”

The Kitchen Porter of the Year award is the brainchild of Winterhalter. The award was created to recognise the hard work of kitchen porters that often gets ‘overlooked’. 

Wrightson, who has been a kitchen porter at Jurys Inn Hotel for ten years, added: “I couldn’t believe it when I found out I was nominated. To be awarded Highly Commended is something else; such a surprise!  It’s nice to know I’ve beaten some good competition and be recognised like this.”

Stephen Kinkead, managing director of Winterhalter UK, commented: “Cheryl and Sam really exemplify why we started the awards, and why so many of the country’s top chefs support it. Both of them embody the qualities that make someone a truly great KP. 

“They’re team players, and their hard work helps to support and inspire their colleagues to be at their best. Every time we’re blown away by the quality of the nominees, and this year is no exception."