Bidfood’s Christmas Gift

Welcome to Bidfood’s Christmas Gift page!

Bidfood gives the gift of Christmas back to eight deserving winners

Following a heart-warming and thought provoking session of reading through almost 120 nominations across six sectors, our panel of guest judges had the difficult decision of witling it down to just eight winners.

We are delighted to announce that the following have won Bidfood’s Christmas Gift and will be presented with £150 worth of Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, as well as £150 worth of Virgin Experience vouchers.

Congratulations to all the winners!!


Name: Caroline Whitney

Job title: Head Chef

Company: Vincent House Hotel

Location: Notting Hill, London

Pubs/ Pub restaurants

Name: Janet Conaghan

Job title: Head Chef

Company: Gretna Inn

Location: Gretna


Name: Juanita Yansen

Job title: Restaurant Manager

Company: The Blue Boar

Location: Essex


Name: Ian Smart

Job title: Kitchen Porter / Catering Assistant

Company: Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust – Musgrove Park Hospital

Location: Taunton

Care homes

Name: Kate Bagwell

Job title: Head Chef

Company: The Laurels Care Home

Location: Westin Super Mare

Care homes

Name: Bev Wernham

Job title: Kitchen Assistant

Company: Thistle Court Care Home

Location: Monmouthshire


Name: Rachael King

Job title: Franchisee

Company: Subway

Location: Wilmslow



Name: Marc Carpenter

Job title: Head Chef

Company: CTC Kingshurst Academy

Location: Birmingham


What is the campaign?

We want to celebrate the tens of thousands of hospitality workers who give up their time to work over Christmas in Britain – by giving them the gift of Christmas back.

We are calling all Bidfood customers to nominate a special someone who sacrifices their own Christmas to work on Christmas day or Boxing day, and brings the festive period to life for their customers.

Nominations open on Monday, 16th October and close on Friday, 17th November.

Six lucky winners will receive a second Christmas from us! This will include a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and a Virgin Experience Day voucher.

All you have to do is nominate someone above and give them the gift of Christmas…


How will nominations be judged?

All nominations will be initially screened by our team at Bidfood where they will produce a shortlist of truly deserving candidates, to then be judged externally by our guest judges who are leading influencers across the industry:

  • Andy Kemp, Bidfood’s Group Sales & Marketing Director
  • Anne Pierce, Chief Executive at Springboard
  • Peter Hancock, Chief Executive at Pride of Britain Hotels
  • Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive at the British Hospitality Association
  • Andy Jones, Chair of the Public Sector 100 Group


  • Nominations are open from 9am Monday 16 October to midnight on Friday 10 November.
  • Contact will be made directly with the winners’ week commencing 27 November. If after three attempts the winner is not reachable, the nominator will be contacted up to three times. If contact with both the winner and nominator has not been possible, another winner from the same category will be chosen.
  • Winners will be announced publicly on 1 December 2017. The winner will be profiled in wholesale trade media, on the Bidfood website, social media channels and in their local media, including quotes and a photo.
  • Nominees must be currently employed in an outlet that is a customer of Bidfood and the outlet’s customer number must be included on the entry form.
  • Nominees must be in a role where they are involved in either the preparation or serving of food and/or drink (e.g. wait staff, bar staff, kitchen hand, dish washers, chef, manager or roles within another sector such as carehomes or hospitals that are relevant to these ).
  • Nominees must be at least 18 years of age. Bidfood reserves the right to ask for ID to certify if a nominee is over 18 years of age.
  • The prize is the choice of £150 to be spent on Virgin Experience vouchers alongside either £150 in vouchers to spend to purchase ingredients for the winner to enjoy a Christmas dinner or select items of their choosing from Bidfood’s range to the same value. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash.
  • Winners cannot use the vouchers or credit with Bidfood to purchase cigarettes or tobacco products. Alcohol may be purchased but must not be more than 25% (or £75) of the value spent.
  • People may nominate themselves.
  • Bidfood reserves the right to disqualify a winner should there be any reason that could bring Bidfood’s brand into disrepute.
  • Six winners will be chosen – one in each of the following categories: hospitals, care homes, restaurants, pub and pub restaurants, hotels and other (includes schools, universities, QSR and B&I contract caterers etc).
  • Winners will be chosen by the judging panel of five industry representatives including: Andy Kemp (Groups Sales and Marketing Director at Bidfood); Anne Pierce, Chief Executive at Springboard; Peter Hancock, Chief Executive at Pride of Britain Hotels; Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive at the British Hospitality Association; and Andy Jones, Chair of the Public Sector 100 Group. The decision of the judges is final.

Clarification around working Christmas / Boxing day:

  • Nominees must have worked last Christmas day (25/12/2016) or be rostered to work Christmas day or Boxing day this year (25/12/2017 and/or 26/12/2017).
  • Nominees can have worked last Christmas Eve (24/12/2016) and have worked past midnight or be rostered to work this Christmas Eve (24/12/2017) on a shift that is scheduled to end after midnight.
  • The nominator must be able to provide evidence that the nominee has worked one of the above or be in a position where they can personally vouch for the roster reflecting one of the above (e.g. if they are the manager of the outlet and they have not drawn up the roster for Christmas 2017 yet, but the nominee has agreed that they will work one of the above).
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