CDH staff: Enthusiastic, dedicated & team-players

Impressive team at the CDH

Article by: 27476 OCdt Danielle Fielding

Danielle Fielding

Food, glorious food. The expression “the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach” is probably most true when referring to the cadets of RMC. Three times a day the cadet dining hall (CDH) opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the cadets fill the tables with eager bellies. They line up grabbing trays ready to pick of from the various options offered.

Cadets live fairly physically charged days, some clubs train in the mornings, physical education classes during the day, intramurals, varsity and competitive clubs in the evenings. All this physical exercise leaves cadets ready for food. The kitchen staff work day in and day out to supply the cadets with well cooked meals and satisfy the needs of the many.

Some of the kitchen staff are in as early as 0530hrs, starting before the sun rises to get the day going. Others, stay late into the evening, making sure the dining hall is clean and ready to go for the following day.

James Burtch, a food service technician, has been working in the CDH for 12 years. All his life he’s working in the food industries, working in restaurants, cafeterias and coffee shops, but he says that working at RMC is a rewarding and unique experience. The food service technician works with both other civilian workers and military staff. The combination makes it different than any other place he has worked thus far.

The highlight for James while working at RMC is the social interactions he gets every day. Everyday there are new conversations with different cadets about anything and everything. M. Burtch says “it’s the cadets here at RMC that truly make it a special place to work.” Sometimes the days are long, but at the end of it all, it is always worth it. In addition, all the members of the staff are excellent to work with. Sometimes the kitchen staff are faced with challenges, but they always manage to adapt and overcome, providing excellent service to the hungry cadets.