CHEFS from Huddersfield served up a mouthwatering silver service meal on wind- swept cliffs at Sunderland as part of a Territorial Army cookery competition.
The two chefs and a driver, from the Huddersfield-based unit of the East and West Riding Regiment, battled against teams from all over the North of England and Scotland in Exercise Combat Caterer.
The chefs, Corporal Jamie Johnson, 33, a Royal Mail driver from Dalton, and Lance Corporal Elaine Clay, 29, a criminal justice team administrator from Elland, demonstrated finely honed kitchen skills with a variety of meals from food suitable for Kosovo- style operations to a three- course meal for a VIP party.
Elaine won a special prize for her cheerfulness and professionalism at the competition.
She said: "It has been a good weekend and we have learnt a lot. The windy and rainy weather has not stopped us dishing up chicken roulade with a creamy garlic sauce, pork stir fry with risotto potatoes and vegetables and followed by a chocolate and coffee cream tower.
"The judges look for origin- ality and when we were all working from the same contents of a box of ingredients, I was sure the other teams would create a strawberry cheesecake."
The competition was held at Whitburn Training Camp and the team had to demonstrate their military skills as well as their skill in the field kitchen.
The driver, Corporal George Morgan, 48, of Brighouse, had to manoeuvre a Land Rover and trailer around obstacles and into a confined space and was tested on his knowledge of the Highway Code.
The contest was won by the 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment based in Pudsey.