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Navy Gets Three Meals A Day For £1.80

wave_dodger

MIA
Book Reviewer
SELJUK said:
I've always thought of the galley staff as 'Cooks' plain and simple.
Chef is a high falutin' name to make 'em feel more important than they are. Sure they feed the crew but that's their job...and that's all they do...cook!

Sorry, fail to see your point. Cooks/chefs whichever way you want to split that make sure all on board are fed and watered properly, help create the banyans, food for flight deck barbies, fresh breads/cakes, ice creams - all the things that help make routine and long deployments that little bit more bearable.
 

clanky

War Hero
SELJUK said:
I've always thought of the galley staff as 'Cooks' plain and simple.
Chef is a high falutin' name to make 'em feel more important than they are. Sure they feed the crew but that's their job...and that's all they do...cook!
'Oh don't upset the galley staff because they will serve up shite food...What? D'you mean somebody hasn't already done that big time!?

1 They are not called chefs anymore.
2 I'll leave a detailed account of what the Chefs bring to the party to one of the white mafia, but if you truly think that all they do is cook, then you've obviosly been in a different navy than the one I'm in.

IMHO, with the obvious exception of the ME's :threaten: , the Chefs are the hardest working and professional branch in the mob. Theres no such thing as a "for excercise" scran.
 
SELJUK said:
I've always thought of the galley staff as 'Cooks' plain and simple.
Chef is a high falutin' name to make 'em feel more important than they are. Sure they feed the crew but that's their job...and that's all they do...cook!
'Oh don't upset the galley staff because they will serve up shite food...What? D'you mean somebody hasn't already done that big time!?
Who called the chef a ****? Who called the **** a cook?
 

brendan498

War Hero
Royal Navy chefs are a credit to the catering proffession , there inspiration and attitude to culinary delights is is only surpassed in Gordon Browns taste in women
 
The Cooks always called themselves "Chefs", but you never saw one reporting Captain's rounds as one. "......... Chef Scrinson reporting Sir!" No, it was "Cook Scrinson". However I will say I never had a bad meal while I was in, it may have been bland at times, but I've had worse meals in restaurants that I've had to pay for.

What happens when Cooks go shoreside, now that civvies run the Shore Establishment Galleys?
 

brigham600

War Hero
Must admit that I always had a great deal of time for the galley boys on the ships I served on and thought they did a sterling job, sometimes in unpleasant weather conditions.

Cooks? Chefs? I never really bothered with what 'they' called themselves as long as the scran was decent and you could have some banter with them.

Working in the MCO, I would always try and ensure the cookie boys were befriended and made an effort to ensure a pot of tea was ready for them when they got up to cook brekkies. Duty chef would pop into the MCO, have a cuppa and dit session and then around 0630, a tray of bacon and egg sarnies would appear in the office. :) Teamwork in my view.
 

SELJUK

War Hero
They were cooks when I was serving...or as the lads called them...food warmers. They didn't keep duties alongside the wall which required them to watchkeep or stay onboard overnight. They didn't load duty watch victuals and the closest they got to them, apart from warming them through was to make sure nobody re allocated them to messes before hand!
They didn't watch keep at sea...they were day boy gay boys and even then needed the help of the lads to bring stuff up out of the fridges to cook! They were always hot and bothered yet never had to wear NOMEX. They wore white t shirts which were usually in a shit state. Whenever there was work requiring extra hands they always found a reason to scuttle out of the mess and back to the galley. All night in at sea and still they manked about having to get up at 0500 to prepare breakfast....and that's ALL they did...the rest of the crew had at least five other jobs to do.
The PO cook might have taken a turn on the planes now and again. It may be different at sea now...but I doubt it!
 
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