From the manager of a café to an NHS chef, a kitchen assistant at a care home to the owner of a street kitchen, this year’s Bidfood’s Christmas Gift winners truly go above and beyond to make the festive season special for others. For the third year in a row, Bidfood has rewarded the unsung heroes of the hospitality sector through its award-winning Christmas Gift campaign. While many of us are enjoying a well-earned break, there are devoted individuals right across the UK keeping things quietly ticking over at Christmas, including these dedicated winners.
It’s often 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 during the festive season. Recognising this, Bidfood wants to give Christmas back to those who have sacrificed time with their loved ones over this period.
Gail Gillon, manager of Jollytots and Cookies won in the Foodie outlets category; with Leanne Hanham, kitchen assistant at Harry Sotnick House, and Kieghley Whalebone, chef at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust prevailing in the Care section; Kerstin Kopeitko, restaurant supervisor at the Golden Lion Hotel, in Accommodation; and Tracy Dickinson Wheeldon, owner of Tracy’s Street Kitchen, in Charity. They all receive the gift of a meal with loved ones and a Virgin Experience voucher to enjoy.
Andy Kemp, group sales and marketing director for Bidfood, said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to run this campaign again for a third year. As many of you are aware, Bidfood’s Christmas Gift is very close to my heart, and it’s a pleasure to read just how many unsung heroes there are in our fantastic industry.
“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.”