Fort Carson soldiers cook 350 turkeys to feed 3,000

FORT CARSON, Colo. — SSGT Nicholas Davis has been cooking for more than 10 years and it’s a job he says he loves doing in the Army.

“We got to go through a few different things, different cutting techniques, the best way to actually cut the birds as efficiently as we can. ‘Cause as you can see, we got a lot to do,” said Davis, an advanced culinary NCO.

Culinary art specialists on Fort Carson will cook 350 turkeys, complete with all the fixings.

“The recipe is actually pretty standard, salt, pepper, butter and just standard 350 baking like you would at home. We don’t elaborate too much on anything ’cause you know, we know we’re feeding 3,000 people. You don’t want to go overboard with seasonings,” said SGT Mark Scozzafava, a culinary NCO.

It’s a lot of work for soldiers who volunteer their time to feed the homeless through the Salvation Army’s Feed The Homeless program. This is their 40th year working together.

“This may be the only meal that they get, so it’s a very strong point for us to make sure that we provide a good meal for these individuals because if it’s the last meal they’re going to have for a couple days, we want it to be a good one,” Davis said.

What’s the most challenging part?

“The constant rotation of birds in to the oven, out of the oven, cutting them, bringing more birds into the oven and out of the oven and cutting them. It’s just a constant rotation, but we’ve got it down pretty good now,” Scozzafava said.

Soldiers say all that work is worth it.

“You can affect people’s outlook, you can change people’s lives with a good meal,” Davis said.

“I always say that if you’re having fun at your job, you’ll never work a day in your life. So, I haven’t worked for 10 years. I love my job and I love what I do,” Davis said.

Wednesday evening they’ll start cooking the vegetables, stuffing and mashed potatoes.

Once everything is done, it’ll go into the fridge and warmers for no more than a couple hours before it’s picked up and delivered to different locations.

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