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    Just wondering what the food is like for cadets with various companies?

    I've worked for a few companies and the food has varied greatly.

    During my cadetship the ships I sailed on were full crew Filipino, and I know its wrong to generalise a nations cooks but, by god... their food is terrible... How much rice and fish can a man eat in one day lol. And as for that terrible spit roast suckling pig they have of special occasions... Never seen such good pork go to waste... makes it so tough and chewy... Someone should show their caterers how to make a good stew! As far as my observations go they may make a good nation of seamen but in the food department they lack greatly...

    Would be good if the IMO brought out legislation meaning there needs to be a French masterchief on every vessel lol.

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    I have sailed with loads of Filipino cooks and they have generally been very good so long as there are enough westerners onboard for it to be worth their while cooking western food, if you are sailing with a full Filipino crew then that would take a bit of getting used to.

    I regularly used to choose the Filipino dishes as much of it is fantastic (la-ing, torta, steak tagalog etc.), but I think I would struggle to get by on only Filipino food, especially now I have gone veggie.
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    • #3
      If you sail with a Filipino cook again, ask for foods like Adobo, Caldaretta and Afritada, but with fillet meat only. You'll discover how delicious these meals actually are without the eyes etc.

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      • #4
        well iv just got by from the north sea with a polish cook and i thought the food was great and in all fairness iv probably put some weight on, the only thing i didnt like was the long lasting uht milk

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        • #5
          My cook at the moment is a filipino but we have a mixed crew so we get mixed meals as such, although there is always rice of some sort on the go at every meal even breakfast (I stick to cornflakes) but the cooking is good I have had a couple of excellent steaks and Ive only been on 11-12 days so far, we do have fish now and then but im not a great fan of fish but there is always something I can eat at meals, overall I have been pleasantly surprised at the high standard of cooking, well except for the bread that is far to sweet for me lol so no major complaints from me
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          • #6
            My first trip as a cadet was with Russian/Ukrainian crew and the food was of good standard, occasionally you would get the same meal 3 times in a 2 week period. From 2nd trip to last cadet trip i was with a all British crew and the food was of a better quality, the meat was top class and a few of the desserts were hand made, i know i put some weight on from those trips.
            I'm now on a all british ship again which caters for around 50 people and the food is good, you have your 'standard' fish and chips fridays and steak sundays, the steak isn't cooked to order which is a shame, but still good.

            Now i just need to find the gym
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            • #7
              What's the toughest course within the MN?

              The catering course, no bugger has passed it yet!
              I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

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              • #8
                Sailed on one ship with a russian cook... food was generally poor tbh... we kept getting served cow tongue and buck wheat... rancid. Only sailed with one Filipino cook who could actually cook... but he left cos there were too many officers on board to cook for lol. Another time I complained to the filipino cook about the amount of rice and fish we were getting... he then decided to have a "British night" which consisted of the cheapest chicken nuggets you can get and a couple of french fries lol.

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                • #9
                  Ha, I'm reminded of a story about a man who complained to his wife one night of having taken cheese sandwiches to work every day for the past 30 years, and could he please have something different tomorrow. Next day he opens his snap box down t' pit/mill/foundry and discover he has got a sandwich consisting of a slice of brown bread between two slices of white bread, and a slice of white bread between too slices of brown bread, with no butter! Be careful what you wish for.
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                  • #10
                    We had a Chief Steward who was massively on the take. As a consequence every meal was mince. In the end all the officers complained about him. He was hauled into the office and asked to explain himself. He told them his job was "To bring them back Alive!"

                    After that he became known as "Bring em back alive Kelly!" - It got so bad that Officers would ask about the Chief Steward before they joined a ship, and if he was on they would refuse to join!

                    He got fired in the end.

                    Thieving git!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Hatchorder View Post
                      We had a Chief Steward who was massively on the take. As a consequence every meal was mince. In the end all the officers complained about him. He was hauled into the office and asked to explain himself. He told them his job was "To bring them back Alive!"

                      After that he became known as "Bring em back alive Kelly!" - It got so bad that Officers would ask about the Chief Steward before they joined a ship, and if he was on they would refuse to join!

                      He got fired in the end.

                      Thieving git!
                      Centralizing the catering department killed that one off....
                      I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by GuinnessMan View Post
                        Centralizing the catering department killed that one off....
                        So who gets the bungs now? LOL
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Hatchorder View Post
                          So who gets the bungs now? LOL
                          No one! UK Anti-Bribery laws make it totally illegal for any kickback of any kind and that applies to any and all UK companies and their foreign affiliates.

                          So, if you ever go to a port in all of Africa, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South America, etc, etc then you are not supposed to give them any "gifts" of any kind. Yeah...
                          I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

                          All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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                          • #14
                            Good food on the whole apart from the bread being pish, but the best's been barbeques, i like my pork burnt to a crisp...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GuinnessMan View Post
                              No one! UK Anti-Bribery laws make it totally illegal for any kickback of any kind and that applies to any and all UK companies and their foreign affiliates.

                              So, if you ever go to a port in all of Africa, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South America, etc, etc then you are not supposed to give them any "gifts" of any kind. Yeah...
                              whilst I totally agree with your words, I don't truly believe them. So many instances I can quote where Uk companies paid up. I remember the bunfight when we anchored at Suez. The pilot boat used to go round every ship and depending on the amount of bung in fags and whiskey as to what position you had in the convoy. Our captain refused to pay one trip and we were at the back of the convoy, despite being the fastest ship. I was on the bridge for the transit and the shouting between the skippper and the pilot went on for hours.

                              Next trip we went via the cape.

                              I'll bet it still happens.
                              "Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester.
                              "Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear." - Buzzy Trent

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