It was a big day for kitchen porters

THE kitchen porters of the UK got some recognition last month as part of an initiative from catering equipment supplier Winterhalter.

The company’s KP Day campaign saw Winterhalter pledging £1 to industry charity Springboard for every picture of a kitchen porter that was tweeted with the hashtag  #kpday.

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Earlier this month Winterhalter managing director Stephen Kinkead presented Springboard chief executive Anne Pierce with a cheque for £500.

In addition to KP Day, Winterhalter also organises the annual KP of the Year Awards. Chefs and restaurateurs have until August 9 to nominate their KP at

“Having set up the KP of the Year Awards, and seen the fantastic reaction they get from the industry, we thought National KP Day would be a good idea,” said Kinkead.

“The chefs and their brigades certainly rose to the occasion.

“They grabbed the chance to have a bit of fun, raise some much needed cash for a very worthy charity, and to keep up the work of raising the profile of hardworking KPs everywhere.”

Pierce said the two initiatives “showcase the vital contribution that KPs make and the many skills that they use within their roles”.