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I was recruited to Afghanistan for the purpose of converting a large NATO dining facility from Euro-centric to a more American style of cuisine. The problem was once I got here the company could not provide any American brand product. Things we take for granted in the States like smoked bacon, or brown sugar were not to be found. Aside from that, this is a war zone -- we always had shortages of every kind. I became the king of substitutions...

Even with the supply-side shortcomings my customers appreciated my efforts. This was a great motivation for the long hours and no days off.

Where I was located was fairly safe. I was not allowed off base. Only after the weather started warming up did we start to have regular rocket attacks. The There are other, remote bases where it is much more dangerous.

If you see an ad for a chef in Afghanistan, be wary, the company does not care for the welfare of its staff (they took out our bomb shelter and made a parking lot) or the quality of food. I was lucky to be able to make what quality improvement, as I was able.

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Comment by Michael Callahan on March 23, 2009 at 2:23am
No offense was meant towards our men and women serving in the desert, fighting terrorism! I am referring to the contractor "company" that I was working for -- which is not an American company. I am old Army guy who went to Afghanistan to make a difference and enhance the quality of life for our men and women in the armed services. I put my own life in harms way to be over there -- that is how much I care!
Comment by akscootr on March 23, 2009 at 1:44am
What do you mean they don't care? As an old Marine, I take offense to that. There is no way to take care of those dying for our country?...Pictures in a newspaper takes care of business...

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