Cana­dian Chef Servces on Com­fort Dur­ing CP-15

RCN News - - Contents - By Mad­delin Ange­brand

Chef Sa­muel Glass, a pro­fes­sor at Cen­ten­nial Col­lege's School of Hos­pi­tal­ity, Tourism and Culi­nary Arts in Canada served along­side Navy Culi­nary Spe­cial­ists (CSs) aboard the Mil­i­tary Sealift Com­mand (MSC) hospi­tal ship

USNS Com­fort (T-AH 20) dur­ing Con­tin­u­ing Prom­ise 2015 (CP-15) from Au­gust 14 through 22.

Glass, a na­tive of Canada and grad­u­ate of the Culi­nary In­sti­tute of Amer­ica, has shared his culi­nary knowl­edge with CSs across the Navy aboard 18 dif­fer­ent ships and five shore-based gal­leys. Dur­ing his nine-day stay aboard Com­fort, Glass taught the CSs dif­fer­ent cook­ing tech­niques to en­hance the food they al­ready serve, while shar­ing his ex­pe­ri­ences gained from more than 35 years of cook­ing in a va­ri­ety of culi­nary set­tings.

"It is re­ward­ing for me to be here on this mis­sion shar­ing my craft with young CSs," said Glass. "They have a de­sire to learn and are mo­ti­vated to try new things. When they say 'Chef, we re­ally liked that recipe, we'd like to try it again,' that is what I find to be sat­is­fy­ing." Chief Culi­nary Spe­cial­ist Dar­ryl Smith, the lead­ing chief petty of­fi­cer of the Food Ser­vice De­part­ment aboard Com­fort said Glass' con­tri­bu­tions to the galley not only im­prove morale and ed­u­cate the food ser­vice team, but they also pos­i­tively af­fect the over­all CP-15 mis­sion.

"This mis­sion re­quires us to be at the top of our game in ev­ery as­pect," said Smith. "Chef Glass is help­ing us pro­vide the best food ser­vice that we 8 can to the crew, which we hope bet­ter en­ables them to go out and do the mis­sion on a daily ba­sis."

An­other as­pect of the food ser­vice de­part­ment is pro­vid­ing meals to all pa­tients and their es­corts that em­bark aboard the ship to re­ceive surg­eries as part of the CP-15 mis­sion. Lt Ali­son Park, a reg­is­tered nurse and na­tive of Cincin­nati, Ohio, who works in the post-op­er­a­tive pa­tient ward aboard

Com­fort, said food ser­vice is an es­sen­tial part of pa­tient care. "These pa­tients are here re­ceiv­ing surg­eries that some­times re­quire a mod­i­fied diet prior to or fol­low­ing a pro­ce­dure," said Park. "So pro­vid­ing them with those meals is a vi­tal part of their care while they are here with us."

Glass, who plans to vol­un­teer on fu­ture CP mis­sions, was not the only Cana­dian serv­ing aboard

Com­fort dur­ing CP-15. Sev­eral Cana­dian mil­i­tary med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als have em­barked aboard the ship work­ing along­side other joint-mil­i­tary mem­bers and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion vol­un­teers to pro­vide care in sev­eral CP-15 mis­sion stops.

"Although my role here is dif­fer­ent, I am proud to rep­re­sent Canada and sup­port this mis­sion in my own way," said Glass. "At the end of the day, it's about the ex­pe­ri­ence, the friend­ships you make and the ful­fill­ment you get out of do­ing your part."

Con­tin­u­ing Prom­ise is a U.S. South­ern Com­mand-spon­sored and U.S. Naval Forces South­ern Com­mand/U.S. 4th Fleet-con­ducted de­ploy­ment to con­duct civil-mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in­clud­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian-civil as­sis­tance, sub­ject mat­ter ex­pert ex­changes, med­i­cal, den­tal, vet­eri­nary and en­gi­neer­ing sup­port and dis­as­ter re­sponse to part­ner na­tions and to show the United States' con­tin­ued sup­port and com­mit­ment to Cen­tral and South Amer­ica and the Caribbean.

Cap­tain Mau­rice Au­coin, RCN, was ap­pointDe­fence At­taché to Copen­hagen in Au­gust 2015.

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