The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Catering Training School (CATS), has held a one-week final culinary knowledge practical exhibition as a gong to herald the completion of its Caterers/Waiters BII Course 27, for sixty-two (62) military personnel from the Three Arms of Service of GAF.


The school, which is under GAF’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), formerly Military Academy Training Schools (MATS), held the five-day events from 15 to 19 August, 2022, at the school premises, Teshie Ridge, for the Course which commenced on June 3 and ended on August 26, 2022.


The Commandant of the Ghana Military Academy (GMA) – Major General (Maj Gen) Charles Kwadwo Abede Asomaning Awity, who was represented by Director, Land Doctrine, TRADOC – Colonel Ernest Nyuur at the closing event as the Guest-of-Honour, charged the participants not to waste skills acquired at the Course, but continue to practice and cultivate the habit of self-improvement, at the Unit level and in all spheres of life.


Acknowledging the good culinary skills of the participants, demonstrated at the GMA Graduation 2022 refreshment and Regimental Dinners, the Commandant urged them to always remember that in the culinary field, continuous practice, innovation, self-discipline, good presentation, cleanliness/good hygienic practices are essentials for a professional chef.


The Officer Commanding (OC), CATS – Sub Lieutenant (SLt) Maxwell Oduro Anakwa, in a welcome address stated that the participants acquired the requisite knowledge through skills training, in both theory and practical cookery and learnt current trends in the culinary art.


The OC informed the students that an understanding between the Accra Technical University (ATU) and GAF, has enabled CATS to commence a Diploma in Hotel and Catering Management Course from Friday 12 September, 2022, after which an Advance Diploma and Bachelor of Technology would follow, to enable GAF personnel acquire professionally certified certificates applicable even after one’s retirement.


S/Lt Anakwa made a request to the Military High Command and benevolent organizations, for a cafeteria to be constructed to generate more internally generated funds, a hall where students would feed, a bus to lesson the burden of training outside the school, classroom blocks and a mechanized borehole, to help ease the stress of training.


At the 5-day Food Exhibition Practical, participants were segmented into 5 groups of 12 participants for each group, denoted by 5 colours of Blue for Monday, Green for Tuesday, Pink for Wednesday, Yellow for Thursday and Red for Friday, with each group exhibiting their culinary skills on allotted days.


The five days were allotted to 5 Units of GAF – School of Education, Army Combat Training School, General Headquarters (Military Secretary), Supply & Transport and TRADOC, who were represented by Lieutenant Colonel Hilda Asiedu, Col Wumbei and Col Mohammed, Air Commodore Adu-Gyemfi, Col FA Natogma, Deputy Commandant, TRADOC, Brigadier General Gbetanu, respectively.


At the Awards Able Seaman Class 1 (ABI) ABUBAKARI SULEMANA won the MOST DISCIPLINED and HARDWORKING, Flight Sergeant (F/SGT) BAVON KOKOE MARTHA won the BEST in PRACTICAL, Private (PTE) AYAMBIRE BARBARA ANIAH won BEST in THEORY and OVERALL BEST Student, while
BEST HARDWORKING INSTRUCTOR was awarded to Corporal (Cpl) Mahama Hawa.

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