From MD to KP: Winterhalter boss sweats a shift for Sat Bains

Kinkead admits he’s unlikely to be candidate for Kitchen Porter of the Year

Being a kitchen porter is one of the most physically demanding jobs in the hospitality market.  Winterhalter has launched a competition to find the KP of the year and, as part of the promotional activity around the event, the company’s managing director, Stephen Kinkead, worked as a KP at Sat Bains’ restaurant in Nottingham. 

“Bloody hard work, this,” he admitted during filming of the event.  “For us, the KP is the backbone of the kitchen.  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 ten glasses per customer.  Good kitchen porters are absolutely crucial.” 

The search is on now for the KP of the Year.  To enter, and to see the video, visit  Winterhalter has put together a package of prizes including £500 cash and a meal for the winner and up to five colleagues at a chef’s table at a Michelin starred restaurant.  The KP of the Year’s establishment will win, too, with some top Winterhalter products. 

Entry is simple and the deadline is 20thMay 2013. 

Winterhalter provides a total solution for warewashing, from pre-sales advice to after-sales service, training and maintenance.  Alongside its market-leading dish and glasswashers, the company’s range includes utensil washers, advanced water treatment machines, cleaning chemicals and detergents.  For further details, call Winterhalter on 01908 359000, see, or or email

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