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RAF cook up a victory for the Legion

12 April 2013

RAF cook-offTeams from all three Armed Forces and a civilian team from Sodexo competed in a challenge at Mount Pleasant Complex, the RAF base in the Falklands, on Saturday 6 March to raise money for the Legion and the South Atlantic Media Association 1982 (SAMA 82).
The charity competition, 'Exercise Falklands Caterer', comprised of a 10km march carrying 15kg and an hour of mental and physical tasks before the main event - a Ready, Steady, Cook style cook-off. 
The teams of four were given a range of ingredients as well as a surprise last-minute ingredient, and then had two and half hours to prepare and start serving a three-course meal for a panel of four judges – including the new CBF, Air Commodore Russell La Forte, and the Chairman of the Legion Falklands Branch, Liam Shelbourne.
As well as the judging panel, the teams had to provide the same meals for 20 paying customers from their own Service. Wing Commander Stuart Edmondson, who was on the RAF table said, "The first course wasn't brilliant, but the main course – the vegetables were amazing and the pudding, well, it was gone in five seconds."
Liam Shelbourne, who had a slightly less biased view, had been scoring the meals from the judging panel. He said, "The food was very good. Judging on food is obviously done on personal taste, but we were also looking at the presentation and how the food was cooked. It was very close."
The RAF team were crowned the overall champions after winning the 10km march and serving up the highest scoring meal. The Army and civilian team finished in joint second place with the Navy not far behind.
The event raised over £3,000 which will be split between the two charities. The organiser, Capt Ali Hughes RLC, would like to thank all those in Stanley and around the Islands who provided generous donations to the raffle and for all the support given on the day.