2195 Take to the Stove
Air Cadets of 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron took to the stove for an inter-flight camp cook-off competition.
With the cadets due to take part in a Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award Scheme expedition, it was decided to evaluate their cooking ability and give the cadets a taste of what was ahead as the expedition require that they fend for themselves.
A Camp Cook-off, in which each two teams (flights) were to compete to see which could produce the best three course meal. Practical ingredients, which could easily carried in a backpack that would be worn during the arduous walking phase of the expedition, had to be used. Cooking had to carried ouit on the light weight cooking equipment which would also be carried on the expedition.
Each team had to plan the menu, cook and serve the meal to the Cadet Warrant Officer and other members of staff, who scored their effort based on taste, attractiveness and nutritional value.
The night was aimed at giving the cadets a good insight into what types of food they should be taking on their DofE and how to cook it.
Fourteen year old Cadet, Charlie Wilson, said; “It was such an exciting and fun filled night. It really gave me good ideas for what I can take to eat on my DofE. The team work was great and everyone was enthusiastic and excited wanting to beat the other flight. We chose pate for our starter and pasta salad for our main. The judges said it was nice and it was fairly easy to prepare, dishes I will consider when on my DofE, although toast on a small gas stove did prove to be a challenge”.
Number 2 Flight won the activity winning points for their flight, a fun and educating night for the whole squadron.
Cadet Warrant Officer Daniel Fretwell