Ahhh so you've read Andy McNab books too taking it in turns with the racing spoon she-bang rocking up to random cuisines?Yep, we had our racing spoons on paracord attached to a top smock pocket when on AMF(L) exercises in Norway so you didn’t loose it when you almost certainly fell over in the snow. Mine was a wooden spoon with a handle long enough to reach the bottom of the cooker.
Everyone would empty their dehydrated rations into the pressure cooker and when it was done everyone sat around the said cooker and the race was on.
From a 2001 thread on another site
"McNab talks about a tradition when somebody in the unit gets a good treat from back home or scavenges something that everybody wants a taste of, the rule is everybody gets one spoonful. The spoon in American MRE's is durable, has a long handle, and has a deeper scoop than the British spoon. McNab confides that the American spoon will allow you a better scoop of your friends grub even if you are last in line an have to scrape the bottom of the container. He took an American MRE spoon, put a hole in the handle and wore it around his neck while in the rear. He referred to the long, brown plastic spoon as a "racing spoon" in his writings."