Junior soldiers eat their way through over 1,000 curries for charity

On Friday, 21 October 2016, Junior Soldiers munched their way through around 1,180 curries for .

The was to help raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) and is expected to raise over £2,000, it was held at the Uniake Baracks near to .

 

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Junior Ranks Dining Facility (JRDF) Head Chef – Paul Machin, Louise Bennett – Catering Manager, Regimental Catering Warrant Officer (RCWO) WO2 Shane Smith and Jim Duffy from the ABF

 

Regimental Catering Warrant Officer (RCWO)  WO2 Shane Smith has been posted at the barracks for the last 19 months.

 

Warrant Officer Smith said:

We serve-up 4,500 meals each and every day at the college.

The soldiers have 3,000 calories a day, with a supplement of 300 more.

The junior soldiers are each given 20-minutes to eat their lunch, marching to the canteen and sitting on the same tables each time.

 

Regimental Catering Warrant Officer (RCWO) WO2 Shane Smith, Junior Ranks Dining Facility (JRDF) Head Chef - Paul Machin, Louise Bennett – Catering Manager and Jim Duffy from the ABF
Regimental Catering Warrant Officer (RCWO) WO2 Shane Smith, Junior Ranks Dining Facility (JRDF) Head Chef – Paul Machin, Louise Bennett – Catering Manager and Jim Duffy from the ABF

 

Jim Duffy from the Charity said:

There is a long history of spices in the army as soldiers would often use them to make their basic rations more interesting.

This is the first time we have run the the Big Curry at the Harrogate Army College and there will be around 1,500 curries consumed, that’s amongst junior soldiers, officers and staff.

But we aim to encourage the Junior Soldiers to be involved with the ABF as it is their charity.

 

The ABF charity fundraising team
The ABF charity fundraising team
Junior Soldiers help themselves to curry
Junior Soldiers help themselves to curry

 

 

Junior Ranks Dining Facility (JRDF) Head Chef – Paul Machin said:

Around 50 kilos of meat have gone into each of the main chicken, lamb and beef dishes.

All the curries were prepared yesterday and this morning we started again straight after breakfast service with the final preparations.

My favourite is the chicken korma as I only like mild curry!

 

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Not just curry, but all the side-dishes too!

 

 

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Curry time!

 

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