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COOKS at HMAS Kuttabul are serving up an
array of five-star quality desserts -- thanks to
an innovative program that places cooks in
commercial outlets where they can enhance
their culinary skills.
The chocolate éclairs, coconut tarts
and other sweets served at CO Kuttabul's
monthly morning tea were the result of
ABCK Nick Brook's three months at The
Choco Bean, in Mascot, where he refined
the art of creating mouth-watering des-
"The Choco Bean services NSW
Parliament House, hotels, weddings, func-
tions and other events which provided me
with the opportunity to work with some
really good pastry chefs to learn how they
do it," he said.
ABCK Brook said he has learnt to make
desserts much more tasty as well as visu-
The work experience program was
initiated by CPOCK Simon Allanson and
CPOCK Brett Meldrum.
CPOCK Meldrum said the programs
allowed Navy cooks to learn from highly
regarded chefs and to return to RAN shore
postings or ships with new skills and expe-
Kuttabul ABCKs James Naylor and Kate
Svanfelds have also benefited from three
month postings to The Choco Bean.
CPOCK Meldrum said: "The morale of
a ship's company is directly linked to the
quality of the food they receive and we
cooks are therefore totally committed to
winning the hearts, minds and stomachs
of hungry sailors".
HMAS Kuttabul's ABCK Kate
Svanfelds can now add her signature
behaviours to her signature dessert as
a pathway to success.
ABCK Svanfelds won the Rotary
Club Pride of Workmanship Award at
an awards night hosted by the Rotary
Club of Kings Cross on March 26.
"I am really surprised but deeply
honoured by the award," she said.
ABCK Svanfeld's award will take
pride of place on her mantlepiece
alongside the ADF (TAFE) Student of
the Year Award she received in 2007.
The Pride of Workmanship Award,
one of 10 awarded by the Rotary Club
to local organisations, recognises
ABCK Svanfelds' professionalism and
dedication to duty, demonstrated when
she returned early from annual leave to
join HMAS Tobruk which had crash-
sailed on Operation Resolute.
ABCK Svanfelds has earned a
reputation for her signature dessert,
pavlova, which she prepared for the
April 12, 2012
COPPING IT SWEET
AND LOVING IT
Prince and Princess of Denmark dur-
ing a reception at the RAN Heritage
Centre in 2011.
"The royal visit was a highlight for
me because I prepared more than 400
mini pavlovas for the guests that led to
a chat with Princess Mary who really
loved my dessert," she said.
ABCK Svanfeld said she loves the
Navy because it is all about people,
performance and professionalism,
which is her recipe for success in her
career and personal life.
"Professionalism comes easy when
you embrace the organisation's values,
as I do," she said.
ABCK Svanfeld's joined the RAN
as a cook five years ago after the hotel
she worked in burnt down.
HITTING THE SPOT: ABCK
Kate Svanfelds at work on HMAS
Ararat last year; inset, with
CO HMAS Kuttabul, CMDR
Todd Wilson at the Pride of
Main photo: LS Andrew Dakin
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