(Left to right) MWO D.M. Winters, Maj Bowser, Mayor Sandie Macdonald, Miss He, Mr. He, Mrs. He, Chef Leo Chan. (Photo credit: MWO D. M. Winters)
Canadian Armed Forces members from CFB Borden put their culinary skills to the test with a hands-on cooking demonstration at the Panda Express in Angus.
23 members of the Canadian Forces Logistics and Training Centre (CFLTC) had the unique opportunity to receive instruction from Chef Leo Chan, a demonstrator and representative of the Cambridge Food and Wine Society. Members observed and participated in the demonstration, which included knife handling skills, safe practices in the kitchen, and Chinese culinary traditions. The menu included won tons, fried rice, and sweet and sour chicken.
“It is inspiring to see, that Chef Chan, possessing over 40 years of experience, is as passionate and dedicated to training, safety and customer service as he is. All qualities of an experienced Chef, mentor and coach,” said MWO D.M. Winters, Cadre Sergeant Major of Food Services Training Cadre, CFLTC. “This is exactly what CFLTC Food Services Training Cadre looks for in our instructors to emulate and it was a pleasure to attend his demonstration.”
Special guests also included Essa Township Mayor Sandie Macdonald, Capt Robert Chan (retired), Veteran of the Queen’s own Rifles and current Treasurer of their Regimental Fund, as well as Panda Express owners Mr. and Mrs. He and their daughter.
On behalf of the Panda Express and the Cambridge Food and Wine Society, Mayor Macdonald presented a pennant to Maj Bowser, representing the Commandant of CFLTC, thanking CAF members and families for their hard work and service. Maj Bowser in turn presented Mayor Macdonald, Miss He and Chef Chan each with a Commander’s Coin in recognition of their support of the CAF.
“The Royal Canadian Logistics Service has a long-standing history of integration and cooperation with the community of Angus and the entire Essa Township that is a great source of pride for the DND civilian and military employees that comprise the Canadian Forces Logistics Training Centre,” said Maj Bowser, OC of Food Services and Material Management Tech Training Cadres, CFLTC. “It is heartwarming to see the recent resurgence of opportunities to engage within the community as these events serve to reinforce and emphasise our relationship.”
Members in attendance left with smiles on their faces and full stomachs after a great lesson.
By: Emily Nakeff, Editor