04 February 2011


David Ngo - Maribyrnong lad cooking up a storm in Afghanistan

A remote patrol base kitchen in Afghanistan is a long way from the hospitality industry in Melbourne but for Private David Ngo, he wouldn’t be anywhere else.

Private Ngo, Bingo to his mates, joined the Australian Army in 2007 to specialise as a chef. He is now in Afghanistan as part of Australia’s contribution to the International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan.

David (23) is one of 10 cooks based at the multinational base in Uruzgan Province. During his eight-month deployment, David will spend most of his time at patrol bases providing fresh meals for the soldiers stationed there.

“It’s really rewarding being able to give the boys at least one fresh meal a day knowing how much they look forward to it when they would otherwise eat ration packs,” David said.

Each Australian patrol base has one cook who is responsible for the budgeting, planning and preparation of the meals for up to 40 personnel....

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