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North Shore Chef Continues ANZAC Tradition in Queensland

1 August 2014
Sergeant Sandy Paterson is one of three New Zealand Army chefs deployed to Townsville in Northern Queensland to help cater for the 5000 troops taking part in Exercise Hamel, the Australian Army’s annual foundation warfighting exercise which is being held from 7 July to 1 August.
Sergeant Sandy Paterson is one of three New Zealand Army chefs deployed to Townsville in Northern Queensland to help cater for the 5000 troops taking part in Exercise Hamel, the Australian Army’s annual foundation warfighting exercise which is being held from 7 July to 1 August.

After cooking for up to 3500 soldiers three times a day over the past three weeks, it is understandable that Sergeant (SGT) Sandy Paterson would prefer takeaways in the first few days after he returns home from Queensland in early August.

A North Shore man, SGT Paterson is one of three New Zealand Army chefs deployed to Townsville in Northern Queensland to help cater for the 5000 troops taking part in Exercise Hamel.

About 260 New Zealand troops are training alongside 4200 Australian soldiers in the Australian Army’s annual foundation warfighting exercise, which is being held from 7 July to 1 August.

“This is the first time I’ve helped cook for this many people. It’s a good experience because back in New Zealand, we feed only up to about 1500,” said SGT Paterson.

“I’ve enjoyed working with the Australians. There is a strong Anzac spirit in the kitchen. We have a lot in common, including in the way we work,” said the former Rosmini College student.

More than 62,000 eggs, 7200 loaves, 12,700 kgs of meat and over 10 tonnes of potatoes have been served to the troops so far.

“It’s tough feeding that many people but I am happy knowing that the troops are fed and are satisfied,” said SGT Paterson, who joined the Army in 1998 to pursue his dream of being a chef.

“At that time, none of the polytechnics offer the London City and Guilds Certificate, which is an internationally recognised professional chef training. By joining the Army, I was able to get the qualification and the experience at the same time.”

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