Gateway dining facility prepped and ready to compete as finalists in the 2007 Hennessy Trophy awards

RAF Mildenhall -- The dining facility staff works hard, and it has paid off. Beginning Monday, a team will be rating them as finalists in the 2007 Hennessy Trophy awards.

The facility has already been chosen as the best in U.S. Air Forces in Europe.
So, don't dare call it a chow hall. That's the philosophy of Staff Sgt. Andres Chaves, a shift leader at RAF Mildenhall's Gateway Dining Facility.

"In a chow hall, you just move along and they just put food on your plate," the sergeant said. "We try not to give that image - we strive to give a five-star restaurant image.

"You wouldn't call a five-star restaurant a chow hall. We take pride in everything we do."
The dining facility's employees serve about 600 meals a day to active-duty enlisted troops, anyone traveling on orders, enlisted members in lodging, Ministry of Defence employees and retirees.

According to the award's Web site, the Hennessy Trophy is a set of awards given out annually to the services squadron with the best food-service program in single- and multiple-facility categories. Criteria for the award include management excellence, food quality, safety, training and more.