I watched with horror the program Combat Chef, but what amazed me the most was the focus on Improvised Cooking (tell me that the Sgt who won the competition was taking the P'ss!!).. The focus on improvised cooking made the RLC look like a complete bunch of plumbs! But what astounded me the most was the equipment used for the field. I spent a few years racing around BAOR with Number 1 burners and 'adapted' lockers, if you were very lucky a No. 4 Cookset trailer (if you were really lucky it had all the equipment it should have)... In the Falklands at Moodybrook we used M67 (I think, they have U shaped tanks), scary bits of kit as they make weird noises but did a very good job, particularly with the ovens, grills and various bits of kit.... I was shocked on the program when they showed the current bits of kit... They looked cumbersome, impractical and difficult... Are they? I just thought that in this modern warfare age and when the Army is deployed as much as it is that the chefs would be vital and unless there has been a huge swing that it would be vital to the Morale of the troops. I see that as many kitchens even in various hot spots are being taken over by Civvy firms.... guess what - staffed by Ex Army Chefs... This is all about shifting the budget from MOD to civil no doubt, but it is very short sighted.... The word is that there are very few Army Chefs in theater actually doing the job - why? Officers who considder themselves from an ACC background should be putting the role forward more effectively.. Apparently the person heading up PAYD is RE??? Why??? The focus on improvised cooking isbeyond a joke... I am busy organising a 4/80 Reunion which is why I'm on these sites (if your ex 4/80 AAC ACC get in touch) but after the rubbish portrail of the Army Chef on that program ( I was proud of my 9 years, ACC and the espirit de corps) and the evident demise of the Army chef... The word is that the idea is to revert back to the dark ages where each regiment will throw their knackers in to the kitchen, some might actually be good at cooking and go on to do some training.... Come on fight for the Army Chef!!!!!!!!!!!!