Re: When someone lists cook as a skill what is expected?
At three meals a day, "five different dishes" ain't gonna cut it for more than a day and a half. Sadly below a seven day trip, let alone 20.
If you are cooking for a crew, they do not want the same food every week, so the cook needs to have a bit of depth.
I've never paid a cook who did not do all the meal planning and provisioning, staying within budget.
Cooking well aboard a small craft at sea is the most challenging and difficult job aboard. If your crewmates are not happy with your cooking, then you are definitely not the most popular person aboard.
As to a chef, in my opinion, and mine only perhaps, the major difference between a quality sea cook and a chef, aboard boats at least, is presentation of the food. No cook I know has the time, energy nor sees the necessity of making flowers out of radishes to garnish a meal served in a gale! Honestly, they just end up rolling around the cabin sole, getting under foot.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.