ASK any Royal Navy sailor and they will tell you good food is one of the best morale boosters there is.
Now one of the navy’s chefs has been decorated for his ability to whip up top-class food for his shipmates in the relentless heat of the Gulf.
Leading Chef Graeme Murdoch, 27, received the Commander Portsmouth Flotilla’s personal commendation for motivating his colleagues on board Portsmouth-based minehunter HMS Hurworth.
Just as an army marches on its stomach, the crew of a Royal Navy warship also relies on high-quality dinner to sustain them during their time away from home.
Leading Chef Murdoch said: ‘I couldn’t believe it when my commanding officer called me in to tell me. I love cooking and there’s no more challenging environment to be a chef than at sea on a warship.
‘To be able to combine my love of cooking with opportunities to travel the world has been incredible and I’ve never looked for praise, but it fells great to have my efforts recognised.’