For me it all started in 1982, I decided I had enough of being a frontline Soldier and decided to leave the Army and join the Police Force, I was married with 2 children when I looked into leaving the Army I realised I could not get a house for my family, and the Police would not house my family until I had completed my probation period.
Instead in a turn of fate I was told that the Army Catering Corps (ACC) needed Drill and Weapons Instructors (DWTIs) I put my name forward and got the job.
When I arrived at the school in another turn of fate I was put on a cookery course to give me an understanding of what the apprentice chef did, I quickly realised that the Army Chef was a great deal more than just a mere cook, these young Soldiers were truly Soldiers first then Chefs. Starting work first and finishing work last, providing meals for the troops whenever or where ever needed, on top of this they still carried out all the roles of a frontline Soldier.
However, I found that I had a real flare for cooking. Cutting a long story short I applied to become a Technical Instructor something that had never been done before, someone must have had a little faith in me, within 3 years I was an Army Catering Corps Technical Instructor. I excelled at all I touched; I was living the dream.
I fell in love with cooking and the Army Catering Corps Recipe Manual (The Kitchen Bible) I have decided to share this manual with you. It is probably the best recipe book you could have.
Whether you are a budding TV Chef in waiting or an excited enthusiast, the Recipes in this book will impress and amaze any friend or future customers. All the recipes allow for your own personal artistic ability. I have used the recipes in this book to produce meals for high ranking officer, visiting members of state and the Royal Family. I have and continue to use these recipes today.
In other words, fill your boots and enjoy the experience.
Take a look at these documents for further insight to Feeding an Army
The History of the British Army Chef (ACC)
24/7 Workplace Safety