The Navy's Adapt a Ship Program has provided culinary support to the fleet for over a decade. Professional chefs voluntarily share their training and experience with Navy culinary specialists.
The link takes you to The Deck Chef's description of the program. Kent Whitaker is know as The Deck Chef because of his involvement (in part) with the Coast Guard Auxiliary Chef program.
ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 11, 2011) -- Culinary Specialist Seaman Matthew Ryback trains alongside Master Baker Chef Leslie Bilderback in the bakeshop aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 11, 2011) -- Culinary Specialist Seaman Matthew Ryback checks on apple tarts in the oven in the bakeshop aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.
U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Will Tyndall.
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