Mike Watton, 30, a chef from St Ives in Cornwall, received a highly commended award at the UK Worker of the Year 2014 finale.
Mike, who impressed the five judges at the UK Worker of the Year judging day on the 26th September, missed out on a top three place in this year’s competition, which is run by legendary workwear company Dickies, to reward excellence in the British workforce.
The locally admired chef received a trophy for making it to the final of this year’s competition, beating over 5,000 entrants in the process. Mike was also given £250 in Dickies Store vouchers and will be able to purchase the latest Dickies workwear clothing online.
Mike is the chef and manager at The Cornish Deli in St Ives and was nominated for the award by his girlfriend Rachel. Mike prides himself on his customer service and has in return built a friendly relationship with many of the restaurant’s customers.
Mike said: “It’s an honour and a dream come true to have made it this far in the competition. I’d like to thank Dickies for running such a brilliant initiative and congratulations to the other six finalists. It’s been a memorable journey that will always stay very close to me.”
This year’s winner was Barnet-based heating and plumbing engineer Chris Teale, who left the awards with keys to a brand new Suzuki S-Cross. As well as picking up the keys to his new car, this year’s winner Chris took part in the first ever ‘Dickies £100,000.00 Challenge’. The winner of the 2014 competition had the chance to win £100K cash prize by predicting the outcome of Sunday’s first British Superbike race. After nervously watching on, Chris just missed out on the life-changing sum of money, though left delighted with his achievement.
Maurice Morton, sales and marketing director at Dickies, said: “Congratulations to all our entrants this year. All seven finalists were brilliant and it was one of the toughest choices we’ve had to make. Andrew should be incredibly proud of what he has achieved and we wish him all the best with his work moving forward.”
Second place in this year’s competition went to baker Louise Jones from Manchester, with fire fighter Andrew Fox-Hewitt from Stoke-on-Trent scooping third.
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