• Short Summary

    Students preparing food at Army Catering Corps' Training Centre in Aldershot, Hampshire.

  • Description

    The Army Catering Corps' Training Centre in Aldershot, Hampshire. M/S in a kitchen with lots of pots and pans in the background. Two students in white uniforms and hats are preparing food while the chef checks the progress. Panning shot to show two more students that he moves on to, then C/Us as he adjusts their work, and we see the food being prepared: one looks like some kind of salmon dish with salad arrangement, the next is a veal, ham and egg pie. C/U of the student placing an egg in the centre, folding the meat into the pie and putting a lid of pastry over it.

    M/Ss of another chef demonstrating pastry techniques to two students; we then see them rolling pastry and squeezing jam into the middle of some buns. C/U of several savoury and sweet dishes spread out on a table then tilt up to show a student, an instructor and an army officer who inspects the food, samples a piece of fruit cake then nods his approval.

    C/U of the canteen menu in chalk on a blackboard. M/S of men in army uniforms coming into a canteen. There is a vast array of food set out on a chrome work surface and the men start to help themselves. C/U of the food set out in serving trays (the main dish looks like a curry or chilli con carne) as the men pass by and serve themselves. Good C/U of a tray with a bowl of tomato soup and a plate of meat and lots of vegetables (sprouts, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower? and a few unidentifiable things!).

    M/S of an army officer and catering corps' sergeant (?) looking on, then C/U of a rather large soldier; M/S of the same man as he moves from the savoury to the sweet section. M/Ss of the desserts and someone helping themselves to what looks like bread and butter pudding, then the men move on.

    M/S in the kitchen of senior NCOs (they are all wearing their army berets with their white overalls) being instructed as they prepare food. C/Us of the dishes including a plate of petit fours, unidentifiable glazed exotic looking stuff, and a huge ham being decorated with a flower design. C/Us of sergeant's stripes on his arm (on a band worn over his overalls), and some fruit being arranged on a cake with other cakes around it on a table, then tilt up to show the men preparing food on another table in the kitchen. M/S of an officer surrounded by men who are discussing the exotic dishes; he is inspecting a large dish of trout.

    C/U of a highly decorated lobster on a plate, then M/S of a range of dishes set out on a table before a display of silver trophies and diplomas. The commentator says that "Those who endured the wartime days of soggy spam, sawdust sausages and unspeakable fritters smothered in ketchup, would be the first to agree that Army cooking has gone full cycle - from the ridiculous to the sublime".

    Note: The whole feel of this film is that Army catering is now of a high standard and very modern and up-to-date. This is nice footage of food and food preparation - most of it is haute cuisine 1960-style! Also good shots of a self-service canteen. There is some interesting documentation on file including a list of the names of all men shown in the film (too numerous to mention here).

    PRINT SHOWING SIGNS OF VINEGAR SYNDROME - IN ISOLATION VAULT 56. There is no mute neg for this story; track neg exists.

    *This story was missed off the transfer tape; it is being sent back for transfer.*

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:03:00 / 01:02:40:00
    CP 267

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