The Royal Gurkha Rifles x chef Nelly Robinson.
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On Thursday, April 24th chef Nelly Robinson entered the Galipolli Barracks, Brisbane to join the British Royal Gurkhas.
The Royal Gurkha Rifles is a rifle regiment of the British Army, forming part of the Brigade of Gurkhas. Unlike other regiments in the British army, soldiers are recruited from Nepal, which is neither a dependent territory of the United Kingdom nor a member of the Commonwealth. Their motto is: Better to die than live a coward.
Each year the Brunei-based battalion journeys to either New Zealand or Australia to conduct low-level tactical and live firing training in areas other than the complex jungle environment found in Brunei.
This year saw the turn of Australia and the Gailpolli barracks in Brisbane and as part of the tour, and chef Nelly was asked to spend a day on-site with the soldiers; exchanging culinary skills for something a little more intense.
Chef Nelly was asked to join the Gurkha’s on a field exercise to showcase the best use of Army rations when out on the field. The menu – Gurkha curry.
Chef Nelly spent the day enduring PT sessions against 120 Royal Gurkha soldiers learning about the soldier’s various weapons, visiting areas of the barracks and finally joining the rifle regiment for a feast of famous Gurkha curry.
“Being with the British Gurkhas last Monday was one of the proudest moments of my life. With my uncle having fought alongside the Gurkhas in the WW2, I was truly to honoured to spend the day which such dedicated men.”