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Catering Training Comes In Handy After Hurricane

When you think about pursuing a catering career, you probably don't think of being part of a massive rescue effort that the whole world is watching. With all the famous--and not so famous--restaurants destroyed or closed for lack of electricity, catering jobs are an important part of the recovery picture. Catering schools are sending whole classes to the areas destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and temporary rescue kitchens are looking for people with catering training.

Another use for a catering career
Catering careers usually involve providing the food for fancy weddings and parties. Most catering jobs are done in hotels or private homes. Your catering training prepares you for bringing sandwiches to corporate meetings or making attractive treats for party guests. Recently, a few hundred people with catering training have been living a life they never were prepared for in catering school.

Catering in the mud
Among the volunteers who came in when the government failed to act were hundreds of people with catering training. Catering companies, catering schools, and individual volunteers all pitched in to help feed the army of workers and the newly homeless in the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. These heroic catering workers used their training to prepare thousands of meals. Much of the work was done in primitive conditions, using makeshift equipment running on portable generators. Often, the cooks stood in mud up to their ankles and worked by lantern light. These cooks were not in the television spotlight and the newspapers didn't feature them in frontpage stories. However, the caterers are heroes nonetheless. They stepped in to help during one of the worst natural disasters of all times. It is said that an army travels on its stomach. It's true. The rescuers could not have done their difficult tasks without being fed.