I recently had cause to "enjoy" military catering. This civilianisation seems to have achieved the impossible, namely making some of the most useless army slop jockeys look like Gordon Ramsey. This led me to ponder my personal experiences with food in the armed services and wonder how much has changed. So, who would like to list their best/ worst meal in The Mob? Who cooked it? Where? In what conditions? I suppose a bag of rolled oats with curry powder might be delicious if you're stuck up a mountain. And, as the munter ACC bloke says in that new TA advert "more pepper!" My earliest memory of army food was in the RA Trg Rgt's Sergeant's Mess in Woolwich in probably the very early 1980's. My dad was good mates with one of the BSMs and we were invited for Sunday lunch. Everything looked extremely pukka: blokes in starched white jackets and big silver tureens full of really top notch scoff. The RSM wanders in and says to the chef (I'll never forget this) "What's good today, chef?" Chef says "We've got pork, lamb and chicken, sah!" RSM says, "Hmmm. I think I'll have the beef!" Chef says, "Sah!" And goes off to get some. Raw unaldulterated power! Fast forward a few years and I'm at RAF Hullavington for some reason. The food there was the mutt's nuts. All the crabs were turning up from Brize just to get brekkie, and even the RAG Regt. blokes were complimentary about the scoff. I remember it was basically an upmarket self-service brasserie type effort with smart military catering staff. Steak for breakfast one morning...this led me to the conclusion that RAF food is better than army food. However, the best meal I ever had in a military context was at the ENDEX of Ex. POTENT GAUNTLET (Germany 1989). Having just had a massive pretend firefight with some scary Scottish Regt. (Black Watch?), we were then treated to a massive spread of bratties, eggs, hot baguettes, fresh orange juice, freshly brewed coffee and what I think were some sort of odd army-issue hash brown. Fcuking delicious. I almost joined the regulars. I genuinely thought that the RQMS was a genius for that one. So, name and shame the best and worst army scoff. V!