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.

Bidfood Christmas Gift winners!

We’d love express our warm thanks to our expert judges who made the final decision on winners: Anne Pierce CEO at Springboard, Andy Jones, consultant, Mark Lewis Publisher at The Caterer,  and Peter Hancock Chief Executive Pride of Britain Hotels.

Care home category winner: Bev Wernham

Kitchen Assistant at the Thistle Court Care Home in Monmouthshire.

Bev understands through her own loss, how difficult it can be for families with terminally ill relatives in care homes during the Christmas period, and ensures her clients have some sense of normality at this challenging time of life for themselves and their families.

Care home category winner: Kate Bagwell

Head Chef at The Laurels care home in Weston-super-Mare.

Single mother Kate has worked on Christmas and Boxing day for the last four years, giving up precious time with her two young children at home, to give residents a Christmas to remember. Always cheerful, she makes sure that all staff enjoy a Christmas dinner whatever time they work, and cooks for those in the local community who are on their own.

Pub category winner: Janet Canoghan

Head Chef at the Gretna Inn in Gretna.

Janet has worked on Christmas day for the past ten years, giving her customers a Christmas to remember. She always goes the extra mile and also cares for those who are ill in her community.

Restaurant category winner: Juanita Jansen

Restaurant Manager at The Blue Boar in Essex.

Juanita is known as someone who always brings joy and gifts to staff and customers alike over the Christmas period.  She leads by example and gives time and commitment beyond the call of duty. She’s worked over Christmas for the last five years, giving up time with her family and the younger brothers who idolise her.

Hotel category winner: Caroline Whitney

Head Chef at Vincent House in Notting Hill, London.

Caroline cooks for guests at a residential hotel, many of whom come over from overseas to work or learn in the UK.  Understanding that many are hundreds of miles away from their homes and families at Christmas,  Caroline gives up valuable time with her own husband and children to ensure they enjoy a homely and special Christmas to remember.

Other category winner: Marc Carpenter

Head Chef at CTC Kingshurst Academy, in Birmingham.

Marc has worked the last ten Christmases with dedication and commitment to the local community, giving up time with his own family to make Christmas really special for under-privileged children and elderly people who have nowhere to go.

Other category winner: Rachael King

Subway franchisee in Wilmslow.

Rachael has shown amazing compassion and dedication to her local community. In memory of a regular customer, who had no friends or family of his own, Rachael has opened the doors of her Subway branch each Christmas to those who have no-one to spend Christmas with.  Rachel gives up valuable time with her three young children to run ‘Arthur’s Christmas every year’, making Christmas special for other lonely people like Arthur.

Hospitals category winner: Ian Smart

Catering Assistant and Kitchen Porter.

Working in the main patient kitchen at the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Musgrove Park Hospital.

Ian has worked Christmas and Boxing day for the last ten years, showing complete commitment to patient care, real compassion and dedication to his team. He takes every opportunity to make Christmas special for patients who aren’t able to be home, always putting others before himself.


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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