Hey All!

Discussion in 'New User Introductions' started by airforcechef, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. airforcechef

    airforcechef

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    Hey there, I just wanted to take a second to introduce myself and say how happy I am to have found an established forum to discuss this thing we all love: FOOD!

    As my screen name implies, I am in the Air Force and I consider myself a chef.  While I don't possess an official accreditation, I have been in food service for ~15 years, and over the past 3, I have been responsible for menu/recipe development, ordering subsistence, finances, employee development/training, direct supervision over kitchen operations, equipment maintenance and upgrades, etc. etc.

    I don't list that to brag; many of you handle all of this and more on a daily basis.  I mention it because, until recently, I've struggled with answering the question "What do you do for a living?"  I've always said "I'm in the Air Force and I cook."  I never really felt like I had a legitimate claim to the title "Chef."  We use terms like "Dining Facility Manager," and "Shift Leader," and "First Cook" to describe a job that really is deserving of a more distinguished (in my opinion) title.  After looking at various job descriptions, and browsing help wanted posts for "Executive Chef," I realized "hey, I do all of that.  I could do that job."  That's sort of where I'm coming from. 

    But I digress. 

    I really am just excited to be a part of this community, and after browsing the forums, I can see that there is a lot of information still to absorb.  I sincerely look forward to hearing from you all. 

    -AFChef
     
  2. norcalbaker59

    norcalbaker59 Banned

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    Welcome. Seriously, anyone who preps and cooks four meals a day, including multiple entrees, side dishes, and desserts for hundreds of soldiers over 15 years has earned the title Chef! When my son came home on leave with bunch of MREs in his duffle bag, I was very grateful to hear that he only brought then home for show and tell. He said he actually ate hot meals in the mess hall with the guys. Military moms thank you from the bottom of their hearts for taking care of their kids.