A care home kitchen assistant is among the winners of this year’s Bidfood Christmas Gift campaign, which applauds the unsung heroes who go above and beyond to make the festive season special for others.
Whilst many enjoy a well-earned break, it’s business as usual for those working in the hospitality sector over the festive period, with over 93% expecting to work either Christmas or Boxing Day. However, their loved ones are not always as accepting, with 67% having had family and friends complaining about their absence in the festive season.
Recognising this, Bidfood want to give Christmas back to those who have sacrificed time with their loved ones over this period.
With 98 nominations, the judging panel of leading industry experts chose five worthy winners across four industry sectors – accommodation, care, charity and food outlets – who deserved the gift of a meal with loved ones and a Virgin Experience voucher to enjoy.
In the care sector Leanne Hanham, kitchen assistant, Harry Sotnick House and Kieghley Whalebone, chef, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust were both winners. Among foodie outlets Gail Gillon, manager, Jollytots & Cookies came out on top; Kerstin Kopeitko, restaurant supervisor, Golden Lion Hotel won in the accommodation category; and the charity sector award went to Tracy Dickinson Wheeldon, owner of Tracy’s Street Kitchen.
Andy Kemp, group sales & marketing director at Bidfood, said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to run this campaign again for a third year. It’s no easy feat picking a winner, as the calibre of entries we receive is so high each year. Not only does this make the job for the judges that bit harder, but it has also resulted in a few extra winners and gifts being given to those most worthy.
“A big thank you to everyone who nominated and to all those who give up their own Christmas to work so hard to make the festive period such a special time for us all.”