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Cadets Get Cooking

by Stefanie Senkow
February 13, 2019

CGA cadets cooking in the kitchenNEW LONDON, Conn. -- Sure, cadets know their way around a cutter—but how about a kitchen? Not necessarily. So to ensure cadets are as well-trained in basic life skills as they are in Coast Guard leadership, the Academy’s Alumni Association has launched a new cooking class series for first class cadets this February—Life 101: Three Square Meals.

Sponsored by the CGA Alumni Association, the Life 101 concept was generated through an impromptu conversation with first class cadets.

“We asked cadets what the Alumni Association could help provide and they brought up the idea of cooking,” said Tara King Clark, Vice President of Communications & Marketing for the Alumni Association. “So we partnered with Flanders Fish Market in East Lyme, CT for this series, which uses their demo kitchen.”

Led by volunteer chefs from local restaurants and catering companies, each class has taught basic food preparation techniques and simple recipes. From cutting up a whole chicken and turning it into an easy crispy baked chicken dinner to peeling and deveining shrimp to prepare a scrumptious shrimp scampi, cadets took away some new skills as well as some handy cookbooks.

“This was a nice chance for us to ask questions that we never have time to ask here,” said First Class Cadet (1/c) Ayleen Brewer. “The food was amazing, the cookbooks super helpful, and it was neat to see how easy the chef made it seem.”

“I have never cooked before, so it was really awesome to take a mini cookbook for the recipes that they demonstrated at the cooking class,” said 1/c Kaitlyn DeValk. “Furthermore, I liked that they talked about how to still eat well while maintaining a budget.”

The final Life 101: Three Square Meals session will be held at Flanders Fish Market on February 25, 2019.