Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Don't Complain about Camp Life; It's Not Haute Cuisine but Be Thankful for Camp Food

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Don't Complain about Camp Life; It's Not Haute Cuisine but Be Thankful for Camp Food

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I HAVE been lucky enough throughout my lifetime that I have been able to eat at restaurants in some of the most fabulous cities in the world Co London, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Rome, to name a few.

I have also had the opportunity to eat in the messes at many of the mining camps around the Bowen Basin Co Moranbah, Coppabella, Dysart, Blackwater and Nebo.

It never ceases to amaze me how often I hear my fellow miners complaining about the quality of the food they are being presented with, when staying in camp during their days on.

Are you kidding me? Most often, it leaves me wondering exactly what they are expecting.

Personally, I find the food acceptable without being fantastic; about as good as you're going to get from a buffet that is feeding possibly a thousand people (or more) in one sitting.

True, it can be bland, unimaginative and sometimes a little repetitive, but it is free, there is plenty of it Co as much as you want Co and you don't have to worry about the washing up.

There's always a good range of healthy food among the more appealing calorie-filled selections.

I'm sure the chefs at these camps all come from the same training school and graduate with exactly the same recipe book. It doesn't matter which camp you go to, they all seem to offer the same choices, and on exactly the same days... fish on Fridays, steak on Saturdays.

Ah well, I guess there is a certain amount of comfort in knowing what's coming.

Quite often, the waistlines of those complaining about the quality of the food don't back up their arguments.

I've seen some guys who think they're loading a platter, rather than a plate. More often than not they'll finish their first selection and go back for more. The fact what goes in doesn't necessarily meet their body's fuel consumption needs, doesn't seem to bother them. …

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