Gary MacLean passes on recipes for mouth-watering dishes to the Navy at Faslane.

By Kim Hardie

Navy personnel from HM Naval Base Clyde recently attended City of Glasgow College to take part in a cookery master class hosted by Master Chef winner Gary MacLean.

The team of 12 Waterfront Logistics staff, of all ranks and rates and with different professional backgrounds, went along to the college, all keen to improve their cookery skills.

Gary, who was Master Chef champion in 2016 and appointed Scotland’s first National Chef shared his expertise by teaching them how to prepare and cook an exquisite three course menu made from the finest fresh ingredients.

The Royal Navy staff then cooked the dishes with Gary on hand to assist if needed. The menu consisted of: crab and razor clam risotto with scallops, roast loin of roe deer with caramelised cauliflower, savoury granola and cauliflower cous cous and chocolate fondant for dessert.

One of the participants, Lieutenant Charlotte Millward, said: “What a fantastic day at the City of Glasgow College. Chef Gary Maclean was a great host, and all involved spent a wonderful day cooking a quite complicated three course meal and having the chance to eat it at the end of the day.”

The Waterfront Logistics Support Group have been building relationships with the college over the past year to highlight the Royal Navy as a career opportunity for catering services to the college students. During this time RN chefs have visited the college to attend a chocolate masterclass to learn the techniques and effects used in the delicate art of chocolate work. and City of Glasgow students have come along to the Base to help at Wardroom mess dinners.

A few weeks ago, college staff also made a magnificent cake to commemorate 50 years of the Continuous At Sea Deterrent which was marked at the Naval Base on Friday, July 5.

Commander Douglas Ward MBE, Commander Logistics SUBFLOT, said “Attending a Master Class with a Master Chef was an amazing experience, and further strengthens the ties between the Royal Navy in Scotland and the City of Glasgow College.

“The Royal Navy is keen to highlight the careers that it offers to the talented students at the City of Glasgow College.  Gary Maclean’s kind offer was also a great way to give something back to the hard working men and women of HMNB Clyde and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.”

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