29092022 Commando Chef

The Bristol Rovers players were treated to an educational and inspiring afternoon, thanks to Mike Beaton MBE of the Royal Marines - the self-styled Commando Chef.

Combining raw ingredients with life skills and nutritional lessons, Beaton visited The Quarters to teach the Rovers squad and staff how to cook a meal from scratch.

The team-building workshop was a great success, with the Commando Chef passing on his recipe for a successful life, using food as a platform to engage, inspire and educate.


Colour Sergeant Beaton joined the Royal Marines in 1986, is fully qualified as a chef, has represented GB at the triathlon seven times as well as completing ten Iron Man challenges and one Double Iron Man in America.

As well as educating people in schools and colleges, he also supported Scotland as their chef/nutrition guide in the Rugby League World Cup.

He said: "It's a privilege to come and talk to elite-level sportsmen about how to cook for themselves. As a Torquay fan, it'd be great if they beat Exeter at the weekend!"


Chris Gibson MBE, a non-executive Director at Rovers, said: "Mike is an inspiration and the players and staff learned a lot today, including how to rustle up a chicken curry in a hurry."

Rovers manager Joey Barton said: "It's good to be able to teach our young men life skills. Instead of ordering Nando's or buying those horrible Rustlers burgers, now they'll be able to cook a decent meal for themselves."


CSgt Beaton heads the Royal Marines Educational Awareness Team (EAT), which has toured the UK to give potential recruits an insight into service and corps life.

The Navy credits EAT with positive recruitment results, particularly among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups (BAME).

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