It really is amazing how popular Kitchen Porters are in hospitality, almost everyone loves a KP. This was emphasised recently when UKHospitalty CEO, Kate Nicholls tweeted about how vital the work of KP’s is in hospitality.
The tweet pictured below has been greeted (to date as we publish) with 155 retweets, 640 likes and 44 comments, Nicholls is popular on twitter, but this response was unprecedented.
The replies came from many well-known industry people who today enjoy positions of leadership and most had done their stints as KP’s. Some stating that when human resources are sparse, they’re not shy to repeat the exercise. The KP exercise seems to have served them all well.
Having done such an exercise once for charity I can empathise, here’s the tale of why.
The exercise for me led to start The Kitchen Porters Club, a twitter page that highlights the importance and value that KP’s bring to hospitality, as well as a bit of fun.
The Kitchen Porters Club twitter page is now sponsored by Meiko UK and we operate it with them to reward and recognise the essential work done by KP’s in kitchens across the UK.
Since we started working with Meiko UK they produced the video below with John Campbell where he emphasises the team approach at The Woodspeen and the KP’s role within that team. It is very apparent through the interview how highly Campbell values KP’s and to quote… “If the kitchen porters are happy, personally the most important people in my business. I’m happy.” Well said Chef.
Why not head over to The Kitchen Porters Club engage with a reply saying why you think KP’s are cool, and please give them a follow, retweet and like to show your gratitude for the work they do in a kitchen near you.
Yours in appreciation of KP’s