Chef cooks in a field of his own

Exercise Joint Caterer is an annual culinary competition involving the RAF, Army & Navy. Open field silver medal winner Cpl Carl Williams, RAF Honington
Exercise Joint Caterer is an annual culinary competition involving the RAF, Army & Navy. Open field silver medal winner Cpl Carl Williams, RAF Honington
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CHEF Carl Williams has cooked in some challenging locations but had never tried doing it in a competition.

But the corporal with 15 Sqn RAF Regiment, Honington, has walked off with a silver award in the open field class of the Combined Services Culinary Challenge, in which the RAF was overall winner.

The class demanded he cook up something special in field conditions for 20 people from the military’s standard 10-man ration packs.

He said afterwards: “Most of my career I’ve cooked on operations and I’ve been a chef for 17 and a half years. I really enjoy cooking but its the first time I’ve competed and I know now what the judges are looking for, it wasn’t as nerve wracking as I thought it would be.”

Other ‘nerve wracking’ places he has cooked in include Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and the Falklands.

He joined up in 1994 and was posted to Honington in 2008. His wife is also an RAF catering corporal.

A spokesman for RAF Honington said the ration pack was often all that could be sent out to forward operating posts, so being able to produce a variety of meals from it was important. (

Picture by Sgt Paddy Hill/MoD