My Recipe Book Introduction                                                                                           

     
         
The Beginning
 

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

Soldiers Food.pdf (2439420)  Take Stock.pdf (4064132)

 

The History of the British Army Chef (ACC)

 
For most of the British Army's history, cooks were organised on a regiment-by-regiment basis. This included the use of civilian contractors. 
 
The Army set up its first catering school in Aldershot in 1913, followed by another in Poona (now Pune) in India. But standards varied.
 
In 1936, cooking was recognised as a trade within the Army. A Chief Inspector of Army Catering was appointed in 1938. That same year, the School of Cookery opened at Buller Barracks in Aldershot. Many of its instructors were civilians from the catering trade.
 
The staff who trained at the School of Cookery remained regimental personnel within their own units. However, in March 1941, the Army Catering Corps (ACC) was formed as a subsidiary unit within the Royal Army Service Corps. Two years later, it became an all-tradesmen corps, with every British Army regiment or unit assigned a few of its men.
 
World War
 
The ACC played a major part in maintaining troop morale during the Second World War (1939-45). It was supported by civilian-manned organisations such as the National Army and Air Force Institutes, better known as NAAFI.
 
Owing to wartime conscription, many of its men were former civilian cooks. This meant that the ACC was able to improve the management and training of Army caterers. In October 1945, it was decided to retain the corps as part of the post-war Army.
 
In the years that followed, the ACC further developed its career structure and training. Then, in 1965, it became an independent corps in its own right.
 
Personnel from the ACC served in all the major post-1945 campaigns. In 1971, the corps was given the freedom of Aldershot, home of the Army Catering School. However, unlike many corps of the British Army, it was never honoured with a 'Royal' prefix in its title.
 
Legacy
 
The ACC continued to supply cooks to all British Army units, including the Gurkhas and the Special Air Service, until 1993. That year, it was merged with the Royal Corps of Transport, the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, the Royal Pioneer Corps and the Royal Engineers Postal and Courier Service to form the Royal Logistic Corps.

 

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