CSG2 Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Reconnects with Food Network Star during Visit to New London
GROTON, Conn. – A Commander, Submarine Group Two Senior Chief assisted in hosting Food Network star, restaurateur, cookbook author, and celebrity Chef Robert Irvine when the top chef visited Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton on Jan. 27.
Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Travis Miller, of Huntingdon, Pa., was handpicked to assist with hosting Irvine not because they share the passion of cooking, but rather for working with one another at the White House.
“During my tour at the White House from 2000 to 2004 Chef Robert Irvine often visited and trained the culinary specialists assigned to the White House Navy Mess,” said Miller, who added that Irvine visited the White House as part of the guest chef program.
This is Irvine’s first visit to Submarine Base New London. He’s currently in New London participating in the Mohegan Sun's annual "Sun Wine Fest."
Miller added that during his tour at the White House, he learned a variety of cooking styles from Irvine that he continues to apply today.
“He always ensured we had a sauce for all main entrees,” said Miller. “He trained us how to make and utilize the five mother sauces. I try to encourage the cooks on the waterfront to understand the importance of making sauces to compliment their main courses."
Miller added that working at the White House was something he will always remember.
“You have to be selected to cook at the White house and for me it has been the highlight of my career,” said Miller.
Lt. Cmdr. Sam Riser, who leads the Commander, Submarine Group 2 Supply Department, spoke highly of Miller’s accomplishments prior to recently reporting to the group.
"The submarine force has some of best culinary specialists serving in the U.S. Navy, Miller is a superb example of the best and the brightest in the U.S. Navy culinary field,” said Riser.
Miller reported to Commander, Submarine Group 2 in December 2010. During Miller’s 17-year career in the U.S. Navy he has served in a variety of duty stations from cooking on board a Sturgeon class to cooking at the White House. Miller’s other prior tours included USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) and USS Missouri (SSN 780).
During Irvine’s tour of Naval Submarine Base New London he met with culinary specialists assigned to Cross Hall Galley. He also toured USS Hartford (SSN 768) and dined with the boat’s crew.
“This is a great opportunity to show off the capabilities of our chefs. It is this group of men here who take care of the crew and enable us to operate at sea for weeks at a time,” said Cmdr. Steven Wilkinson, USS Hartford’s commanding officer. “I’m confident in their care and devotion to making life on board a good experience for all.”
Currently Irvine is the host of the Food Network series "Restaurant: Impossible," Chef Irvine has previously hosted and starred in such other Food Network programs as "Dinner: Impossible," "Worst Cooks in America," and "The Next Iron Chef."