Auxiliary Chefs Serving Hot, Nutritious Meals Underway!

Monday, January 9, 2012

AUXCHEFs work side by side with Coast Guard active duty food service personnel in small boat stations and on board cutters. Photo courtesy of USCG Auxiliary.

The AUXCHEF (Auxiliary Chef) Program is designed to provide trained USCG Auxiliarists to fill-in at small boat stations or on cutters to relieve active duty food service personnel. The program allows active duty food service personnel to attend training, take leave, etc. without the unit being short handed. The AUXCHEFs can also assist with VIP events, Change of Commands and other events such as picnics. AUXCHEFs can be available for a variety of time frames from one meal to several days.

“I am very proud that the AUXCHEF program has caught on, after it’s start in Coast Guard District 1 (SR).  We started the program at Station Fire Island and now it is a national program,” said COMO Dante Laurino. “I recruited Kent Whitaker the cook book author and radio/ TV personality as an AUXCHEF and he has become a leader of our efforts.  The AUXCHEF program offers opportunity for those who like the culinary arts to work with Coast Guard food service personnel in a team atmosphere.”

AUXCHEFs often work in small boat stations in their local areas. Photo courtesy of USCG Auxiliary.

Auxiliary volunteers complete 18-22 hours of basic food services training. The training based on the active duty Food Service course, emphasizes safety and sanitation, working in a galley and basic food preparation.

According to Joseph O’Leary, Director of Human Resources for the USCG Auxiliary, “The Coast Guard Auxiliary AUXCHEF program is a way members can get trained in a Personal Qualification to work side by side with CG Food Service personnel. The AUXCHEF program is designed to train and prepare you to assist in food preparation in Coast Guard Stations, Sectors, and Cutters and anywhere else that the Coast Guard has personnel.”

“You will be able to work in the galley, cooking for the crew. You’ll provide a service to your local USCG unit in a way that not many people can – with a hot, nutritious meal,” continued O’Leary

According to O’Leary, his role is to provide support to the Auxiliary Districts throughout the country with updated information on how to get the program underway, along with updated training and related support.

AUXCHEFs may be assigned to work on board Coast Guard Cutters. AUXCHEF Division Chief in galley of Cutter. Photo courtesy of USCG Auxiliary.

Do you like to cook or work in a kitchen? Would you like to work on a cutter or at a Coast Guard Station or just help out for special events when and where you can? Then, this program is for you. You do not need to be a chef or experienced cook, just willing to help out and become an AUXCHEF member.

If you are looking for some adventure in your life, consider joining the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Wherever your interests lie, and whatever life skills you have, chances are that the Coast Guard Auxiliary can offer you an area to serve that will enrich your life in ways you may not have imagined.

The Auxiliary offers you a unique opportunity to make a real difference in your local community and across the country.

We welcome and recognize your past experience, skills and talent. We challenge you to have fun learning new skills and qualifications in company with a very special group of volunteers.

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  1. Craig says:

    As a ten year active duty Coast Guard veteran, now attending culinary school. This is something I can definitely see myself doing. Once I get my new career off and running.

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