Aircraft carrier’s company have ‘flipping’ good time with star chef

Celebrity Chef Tony Singh judging HMS Queen Elizabeth pancake competition.
 Six junior chefs created recipes and cooked them  in the galley
Celebrity Chef Tony Singh judging HMS Queen Elizabeth pancake competition. Six junior chefs created recipes and cooked them in the galley
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The crew of the new navy aircraft carrier were put through their pancake paces by star chef Tony Singh.

To mark Shrove Tuesday, the Scottish celebrity visited HMS Queen Elizabeth at Rosyth, where the finishing touches are being put to the ship before sea trials begin.

He was on hand to join Royal Navy chefs in the newest galley in the fleet.

Six of the most junior chefs on board were asked to create their own pancake recipes and go head-to-head for the title of star pancake-maker.

Tony said: ‘It was a privilege to be in this state-of-the-art galley while they are embarking on their careers as the future chefs of this amazing warship.

‘Serving on board the UK’s biggest and most complex warship is an incredible way to start your career in the kitchen and the best advice I can give you talented chefs is to remember that less is more.’

AB Chef Nicholas Cassidy said: ‘Having the opportunity to show off our culinary skills and our brand new galley to a TV celebrity chef was exciting.

‘The pressure is really on when we’re cooking up the meals for the ship’s company, but it was nothing compared to making sure my pancakes were just right for a top chef.’

The Queen Elizabeth Class will be the centrepiece of Britain’s maritime capability and will be based in Portsmouth.

Each 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier will provide the armed forces with a four-acre military operating base, which can be deployed worldwide.

The vessels will be used for operations ranging from high-intensity warfare to providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

Carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are being developed by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance. This is a partnership between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the Ministry of Defence.