Eric Lachica, a 40 year-old native of Tondo in Manila, the Philippines, has worked as Chief Cook on board merchant ships since 2013. Over the years he has had the opportunity to serve a diverse array of crew members, including Korean, Indian, Chinese and most recently fellow Filipino.
His days as Chief Cook begin early and end late, and together with his Messman Earl Jeffrey Asilo the first task is to prepare a hearty and nourishing breakfast for the crew. Eric and Earl take great pride in meticulously planning and organising meals, taking into consideration any dietary restrictions or preferences among the crew members.
Throughout the day, as well as cooking Eric and Earl stay busy managing the inventory and ensuring the galley is clean and well arranged. Maintaining a sanitary environment is crucial for the safety and well-being of the crew, especially given the constant movement of the ship. Eric also oversees the careful storage of food and kitchen supplies.
In addition to culinary responsibilities, Eric handles the ordering of supplies, manages the galley budget and coordinates with the rest of the crew to ensure that meals are served efficiently and punctually. Despite the demanding nature of the job, Eric and Earl find great satisfaction in witnessing the crew enjoy satisfying meals.
As the day comes to a close and the ship continues its journey across the ocean, this galley team takes comfort in knowing that it plays a vital role in keeping the crew well fed and energised for the challenges that lie ahead.