C&C Founder receives HCA medal

C&C Catering Equipment Ltd’s Founder John Kitchin was delighted to recently be honoured with a ‘Past National Chair’ medal from the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA). The medal was delivered to John after The President’s Dinner event, which took place at ACC Liverpool, a project previously completed by C&C Catering Equipment, and shortlisted at the 2016 CEDA Grand Prix Awards.

The C&C Founder worked in catering ever since he completed his RAF National Service, including at the Imperial Hotel Llandudno, the Deauville Hotel in Normandy, Heaton Park in Manchester, St George’s Hospital in Barking, and Christchurch Hospital in Hampshire all as Catering Manager before moving to Chester in 1960.

John became Group Catering Manager for the Chester & District Hospitals including the old Deva Hospital, the Chester Royal Infirmary, City Hospital, Barrowmore, Crossley and Ellesmere Port in 1960. After 21 years’ service of Chester hospitals he left the NHS and started C&C Catering Equipment Limited after noticing the opportunity for a company in the area.

Having been an important part of the catering equipment industry, with a career including achievements such as National Chairman of HCA (1972-1974) and appearing on the front cover of Caterer & Housekeeper (now The Caterer), John was delighted to receive the medal honouring his dedication to the association.

Commenting on the accolade, John said, “It is an absolute honour to receive this medal, as it was to serve the HCA. Having started C&C over 35 years ago, I am proud to have created such a successful business and be a part of this fantastic industry. For this to be acknowledged makes me very pleased indeed.”