How many cooks does it take to feed the crew of an aircraft carrier? Seventy, according to Senior Chief Petola of USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). During a regular deployment, his seven galleys produce 16,000-20,000 meals every day, at a cost of about $50,000.
How do they do it? They begin with the Navy-prescribed 14-day menu that they serve aboard the ship. Asian Thursday, anyone?
As you might imagine, meals are prepared in large quantities. On a day where ribs were to be served, each cooking vat contained 1,256 portions. Standard recipes are used for preparing the menu items, but some culinary specialists like to make the dishes their own (such as adding extra red pepper).
(Adding a little something special.)
In related news, the Navy Times recently reported that the Navy is looking to make the food sailors eat tastier and healthier.