CAROL Smith has served up some arresting meals over the years.
But now Carol, a catering assistant at Huddersfield police station canteen, has hung up her apron after 25 years' service
Carol is 60 today and her retirement comes just weeks before all police station canteens across West Yorkshire will shut to save money.
Her long service earned her a special treat a few years ago - a trip to a Buckingham Palace garden party hosted by the Queen.
Carol was invited to go by the station's former commander, Chief Supt Allan Dobson, who retired several years ago.
Carol said: "It was a magical occasion and a memory I'll always treasure.
"And it is true they serve cucumber sandwiches with the crust cut off!"
Other memories include the 1984 miners' strike, when police from all over the country were billeted at the Huddersfield station.
And they all had to be fed.
Carol said: "I used to start work at 7.30am, finish at 3.30pm, go home, sort my children out, have a couple of hours sleep and then go back to work until the early hours.
"We then had to wake the police up so they could get to the picket lines for 5am," added Carol. "This went on for months and months."
Carol said she had loved her job.
"It's like one great big family here. I've made so many friends and we've laughed and cried together."
Carol and her partner, Barrie McMath, live in Newsome.
She has three grown-up daughters and eight grandchildren.
A police spokeswoman said the decision to close West Yorkshire police station canteens by the beginning of August would save money.
This money would, in turn, be spent on recruiting extra officers and making other improvements to the service.
Director of business services Janet Clitheroe said: "During 2004/5, the force is committed to an additional 250 police officers, 100 police staff and 20 communications operators, as well as seeking to pay for many other innovations.
"The saving on catering is a major contributing factor to these growth areas."