The SA Navy conducts its own hospitality service and hence
requires professional and dedicated chefs and stewards to
fulfil this function. MSD sailors who are interested in
becoming chefs or stewards are sent to the Catering School
in Simon’s Town for a 7-weeks Caterers’ Part 1 course.
During this course they are introduced to subjects for both
Chefs and Stewards, which means that they can be used in
The following modules are covered during the course:
- Galley Safety
- Basic Principles of Cookery
- Food Preparation
- Organisation of a Wine and Bar Service
- Menu Planning and Nutrition
- Art of Entertainment
- Hygiene of Equipment and Utensils
- A Practical Evaluation.
On successful completion of the course members are awarded a
Certificate of Competency, which is recognised by many civilian
Members can work as Chefs or Stewards, ashore or onboard a
vessel. Duties as a Chef includes preparing and cooking at least
3 meals a day and the Stewards generally do housekeeping, serving of
meals and bartending in the Wardroom and at special events. People
in this career must have a keen interest in Catering, be creative
and full of initiative.