Mess hall cooks raise morale at Cherry Point with Christmas meals

Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 05:47 PM.

"It’s a wonderful thing to provide for these fellows. That way they can provide for everybody else," Mathis said. "When you put out a bad meal, it really reflects on everybody back there. When you put out a good meal, everybody loves it."

Mathis said dinner is a rewarding meal to serve because all of the Marines have just finished a hard day’s work.

"Everybody is getting off work. It’s hectic in the kitchen. Everybody’s out there," he said. "If you can put out a good quality meal while there’s a rush on you, then you know you got it."

Mathis is among about 30 mess hall workers, including line servers, scullery workers, salad preparers, flight kitchen workers preparing box meals, maintenance personnel, storeroom stockers, managers, bakers and other galley cooks that are needed to pull off a dinner service.

"They bust their (butts) in here and they don’t get the recognition," Taylor said of all the workers.

Mathis said the group is more than just co-workers.

"It’s more like a family than a team," he said. "It’s like Sunday at your mom’s house when everybody’s helping each other. It’s definitely like a family."

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