THE SUPPORT ARMS AND SERVICES (3)
No. 79. Army Catering Corps
Private: Combat Dress.
Sergeant: Chef's 'Whites'.
Background: Field Kitchen.
From a watercolour painting by Christopher A. Collins.
Postcard No. 79 ARMY CATERING CORPS
A cookery school which trained sergeant cooks operated from 1925. In
1938 Sir Isidore Salmon, the Chairman of J Lyons and Co Ltd undertook a
study into military food production methods. All the recommendations of
the report, which included improved training, trade qualifications and the
appointment of catering advisors, were accepted and as a result the Army
Catering Corps was formed in 1941.
A fundamental philosophy of the Corps is that of "Soldier first, Chef
second". A soldier chef is shown here in Combat Dress. This is worn
when catering under field conditions in order to remain tactical. Other
Corps soldiers are shown in the background. One is shown patrolling with
The Sergeant Chef is in the traditional 'whites' which are worn when
catering in barracks. As well as giving protection from burns and scalds
this dress conforms with essential hygiene requirements. The badge of rank
is worn on the left upper and made of chrome. His shoes are of a special
design with metal toe-caps and non-slip sole. Within the kitchen the
Sergeant Chef will supervise the production of the daily menu and
undertake other management tasks related to the efficient use of manpower
In the background is the No. 4 Field Cookset Trailer. The cookset contains
all the necessary equipment to prepare and cook meals for 150 persons and
can be operated on petrol or liquid petroleum gas. Shown to the right of
the trailer is the pressurised fuel supply tank.
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