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WHEN a special 'Navy Heroes' epi-
sode of MasterChef was filmed in
HMAS Choules, catering manager
CPOCK Peter Berry found him-
self in the limelight with seven tel-
evision cameras following his every
"Originally I was only going to
give an induction brief and demon-
strate how to use the equipment as
the episode was being filmed in my
galley, but the show evolved and I
was suddenly telling the contestants
what the challenge was," he said.
The MasterChef All-Stars special
challenged four teams of two cooks
to prepare a seafood lunch for 100
Navy personnel who had served in
the MEAO on Op Catalyst and Op
Personnel were nominated by
their command and drawn from
Sydney-based ships, bases and the
Fleet Air Arm.
The menu consisted of four sea-
food dishes, while the challenge was
to prepare the food under the eye of
As the challenge unfolded, CPO
Berry was asked by the judges what
he thought of the contestants' prog-
ress and how Navy procedures dif-
fered to a commercial kitchen.
"The Navy has some pretty strict
procedures and high standards that
civilian cooks can find a little chal-
lenging," he said.
"We need to be extra strict on
safety compliance as working at sea
in rough conditions can be dangerous.
"It was great seeing the contes-
tants at work, though I did notice
that their sense of urgency wasn't as
great as our Navy team. You can't
keep 100 hungry sailors waiting for
their food for too long."
CPOCK Berry said he sampled
most of the dishes, however, the
final assessment of all dishes was
held in Choules' wardroom with CO
CMDR John Cowan providing his
comments on the meals, alongside
the MasterChef judges.
CMDR Cowan said proudly that
"the quality and variety of food
served in Choules compares very
favourably with the MasterChef
meals, and the skill of our catering
staff routinely produces outstanding
CPOCK Berry said Choules'
galley proved perfect for the show
because it was the largest in the
Fleet and big enough to host the
contestants and camera crews.
The original plan for the episode
called for mobile kitchens on the
wharf and the food to be served to
sailors on the flight deck of an FFH,
but the wet weather plan of using
Choules was enacted instead.
CPOCK Berry said Choules'
crew responded magnificently to the
challenge to host MasterChef and
the media crew with less than 48
Choules validated her capacity
to feed more than 500 people a day
during Ex Sea Lion in March when
she conducted mass evacuation exer-
cises with HMNZS Canterbury.
LAC Bill Solomou
VCDF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin has
challenged participants in this year's
Defence blood drive to increase dona-
tions by 50 per cent.
Defence Parliamentary Secretary
Dr Mike Kelly and AIRMSHL Binskin
officially launched the 2012 Defence
Organisation Blood Challenge in
Canber ra on August 8.
"We hope to build on the success of
last year's blood challenge," AIRMSHL
"Our goal is to achieve over 3000
donations by attracting many new
donors within the three-month period of
Representing CN, CDRE Elizabeth
Rushbrook said the blood challenge was
very exciting, and that Navy was right
In last year's challenge, Navy didn't
do as well as the other ser vices, however
CDRE Rushbrook said they have imple-
mented a new strategy.
"We are going to be measuring the
donations per ship or establishment, so
that we can have an internal challenge
within Navy about which ship and estab-
lishment can make the most donations,"
CDRE Rushbrook said.
The blood challenge is in its fourth
year. In 2011 more than 6000 lives were
saved from 2156 blood donations, all in
just 14 weeks.
Last year's winner, Army, had an
impressive 767 donations.
AIRMSHL Binskin said it was a
great cause and Defence supported it as
part of its community support program,
one of the biggest in Australia.
Dr Kelly said the annual blood drive,
which brought together the Defence
com munity and the Australian Red
Cross Blood Ser vice, would help thou-
sands of people in need of blood.
"Importantly, the Defence Force that
serves this country serves this commu-
nity and understands deeply that donat-
ing blood is just another means by which
our people can ser ve the community,"
Dr Kelly said.
The challenge officially starts on
September 1 and finishes on November
30. To participate, personnel can make
an appointment to donate blood at any
of the Blood Service donor centres or
donor mobiles nationally.
Bases and offices can provide contact
details to the Australia Red Cross Blood
Service, which can coordinate mobile
units to ADF sites or alternatively advise
of the closest donor centre.
GIVING: CDRE Elizabeth
Rushbrook monitors WO Harold
O'Hare's blood pressure as he
donates blood. Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
Getting ready to
CPOCK Peter Berry
offers technical advice
to 2010 MasterChef
Hann during a
Stars episode held
on board HMAS
Choules at Sydney's
Garden Island. Inset,
Matt Preston, of
to LSCD James
Williams and other
Navy personnel in
forces cafeteria, and
asks their opinions
on the meals plated
up by past and
Photo: LSIS Brenton Freind
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