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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.
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Dunno, Gary. Sounds like you made a tequila lime sour, not a marguerita. What happened to the Cointreau? And the salt-rimmed glass?

But going back to the original question, I suppose you know you may be in trouble when the alleged cook asks if you wanted your Wheaties baked or deep fried.
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If someone puts in for a cook job on a sailing boat and can only do an omlet I would be really quite irate certainly I would sack them and probably try to reclaim air fares I'd paid them.
The crew would probably take him around the back for a quiet 'chat'.
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Speaking of which, if anyone needs a cook to crew, I am available.

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If they can only do omelets, isn't that what the French call an "oofs-chef" ?

Like a short-order cook, without the bacon experience?
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Dunno, Gary. Sounds like you made a tequila lime sour, not a marguerita. What happened to the Cointreau? And the salt-rimmed glass?

But going back to the original question, I suppose you know you may be in trouble when the alleged cook asks if you wanted your Wheaties baked or deep fried.
The listed ingredients are used to make my Green Coconut Margaretta:

2 - 3 ounces Margaretta Mix (Jose Cuervo, Chi Chi, or my concoction)
1 ounce Melon Liquor
1 ounce Coconut Rum
1 ounce gold tequila

served over ice and thoroughly enjoyed by many of the forum members who attended this past June's Sailnet Rendezvous at Maryland Yacht Club.

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Marguerita mix. Hmmm...I suppose the only way to see if that's any good is to start with some cheap commodity grade tequila like Patron, and then settle in for a long weekend of double-blind a-b testing on the cocktails. Let's start rounding up the sponsors, there's some work to be done.
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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.
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I'm sorry, Mr. Demanding High Maintenance skipper, I didn't realize you require your eggs done a different way every damn morning, and a prepared lunch every day. and a new and exciting main every evening.
but, you are right, i should have elaborated. if you can cook five dinner entrees, then saying "I can cook" is no lie. if you can create 21 different and unique meals on a 7 day passage, then you can say "I can cook WELL."
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"Dude, you know how to heat MREs? WOW!"

Just saying, I have a really good friend whose wife says he married her because he thought you boiled water by putting it in a 350 oven.
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Grilled cheese with spam, grilled cheese with ham, grilled cheese with baloni(sp?) and plain grilled cheese... I can do all of these sandwiches...And may throw in a PB & J also.
What I can't figure out is why no one will hire me as a cook??
Why?? Why??

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