Chef

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Approximate waiting times as at 14 Feb 08 from sitting Recruiting Test to starting Phase one training:

MA: 24 months
Logs(CS)(P) (Chef to the rest of us): 2 months
AET: 3 months
Comms Tech: 9 months
Diver; 10 months
ET(ME): 6 months
ET(WE): 9 months
MA(SM):18 months
NA(AH): 18 months
NA(SE): 3 months
SEA SPEC: 9 months
Logs(SC) (old SA): 6 months
WS(HM): 15 months
WS(MW): 2 months
WS: 2 months
Logs(Pers) (Old writer): 3 months
Logs(CS)(D) (Old steward): Are you busy at the end of next month?
CIS: Ditto

The bottom line- choose a trade because you want to do it for the whole of your service career, not because you can start sooner. The jobs are VERY different. Don't start whimpering about branch changes after you join, it doesn't happen. :rambo:
 

slim

War Hero
We all slag off the chefs but in reality food produced by pusser is good. I remember disembarking with 809 squadron to American naval air stations, the food was crap, no steaks, which is what we all imagined.
When I was at Tain Range in the 60s we had one chef, weekend cooking was done by the duty watch (one man) if you wanted breakfast you cooked it yourself. The chef prepared and cooked meals on weekdays only, they were all excellent, though there was no choice. At weekends he worked at a top hotel in Tain until he was sacked, nothing to do with his standard of cooking. He asked the owner for two bottles of sherry for the trifle, used one drank the other, result one pissed chef without a weekend job.
 

MonkeyTennis

Midshipman
Having a larf aincha??
1994 (i think) we got kicked out of our base location so Crab Air had somewhere nice to stay. We ended up in 10 man tents on Bardufoss Airfield. However...we had to eat in a Crabfat field galley and I kid you not - the best scran I have ever had by pusser. Chatted to the light blue cabbage mechanic, and he told me they couldnt even come close to spending their budget. Strange that all the scran money went to Biggleworth and co, and not to Royal working his knackers off dragging wooden pulks up the E6.
It's all going downhill anyway - save as you starve isnt making any money, so the standards are dropping - and anyone remember the scran on Whale Island (2000ish) when civvies took over? portion control by a spotty herbert that nearly got his spoon where the sun dont shine everytime he tried to give me 2 spuds just like the 8 stone matelot in front.
 

MonkeyTennis

Midshipman
'Spose what I should say tho - is that scran by pusser's aint that bad.
Don't want to offend any chefs - might not get that extra sausage!

"It's a selection, not a collection"
 

SILVER_FOX

War Hero
Depends on the ship. Most of the ones I know are busy being part of the Five Man teams, DC parties and Cleansing Stations. First Aid tends to be the perk of the Stewards ...

... and for what it's worth, I can recall the number of poor meals I've eaten in the mob in the last five to ten years on less than one hand. Considering the measley budget they have to play with - they do wonders with it.

SF
 

slim

War Hero
The question needs to be asked.
Which do today's sailors prefer, the food served ashore by the pay as you die civvie organisation, or the food served on board by pussers chefs?
 

MonkeyTennis

Midshipman
From what my lads tell me about Pay As You Dine - it started off well with plenty of selection etc and wasn't that expensive - but now that the company is starting to lose money hand over fist at places like CTCRM, and lads are buying scran from Tescos to cook in their grots - the standards are dropping to try and make some decent profit out of it. As for scran on ship? couldn't really comment as the EMF scran on Ocean was honking pot mess shite, whereas the ship's company meal wasn't half bad (as I sneaked in for duty reasons *coughs*)
 

McCloggie

Lantern Swinger
Must say I met some real characters who were Chefs and by and large ate well with the RN.

Nelson in my time was nothing great - civy contract though. St Vincent (London) was good - we had RN Chefs and stewards who really looked after us.

Did some great trips on RNR ships on non-deployment prepositioning or training trips when we got guys who were bored at shore bases or could be spared from bigger ships and who worked with RNR guys (Junior rate who was Chef from a 5* Edinburgh hotel stands out!) to produce good menus.

On the RNR side the guys had to work with what they were given and did work bloody hard. No names etc. but there was one CPO Chef (RNR) who was described as "as a Chef he is a good postman"!

McC
 

toycommandos

Lantern Swinger
MonkeyTennis said:
From what my lads tell me about Pay As You Dine - it started off well with plenty of selection etc and wasn't that expensive - but now that the company is starting to lose money hand over fist at places like CTCRM, and lads are buying scran from Tescos to cook in their grots - the standards are dropping to try and make some decent profit out of it. As for scran on ship? couldn't really comment as the EMF scran on Ocean was honking pot mess shite, whereas the ship's company meal wasn't half bad (as I sneaked in for duty reasons *coughs*)

I have been both EMF and Ships company on the "Mighty O" and thought the scran was largely standard. Only on a couple of occasions did they reduce the selection for EMF, usually early on in the deployments as they did not realise the appetite of the humble bootneck.
 

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