Tanker on sun rays-2726 (2) Ardea at Norrkoping-4110-001 M.T. Persia Christmas '12

“If I can cook and serve these foods in the midst of worst weather condition and extremely rough sea…

I surely bet you can do it better at the comfort of your home.”

M.T. Ardea @ Bay Of Viscay. Photo by George Briant Grefalde
M.T. Ardea @ Bay Of Viscay.
Photo by George Briant Grefalde

“I’ve been doing this for more than 15 years… And I love it.”

And when I’m on leave…

I'm just a loving husband to my wife Thet Zy...
I’m just a loving husband to my wife Thet Zy…
She's my Cook@home and my beautiful I.T.
She’s my Cook@home and my beautiful I.T.

“Also, I’m a DAD to my 3 wonderful angels… Jenin, Jesica and Jerico.

And a Leader of the Pack to Chuchu and Chiki.”

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What to expect on my blog?

There will be a ton of foods… Alot of travelling… And a plethora of photos I’ve captured…

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“I wish this encourage my fellow CooksOnboard and all the chef wannabe’s to blog and share their skills

and approach on cooking.

I believe that together we can learn from each others hidden talents.”

Enjoy your meal πŸ˜‰



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  1. Hi! It seems so unusual and interesting for many people and for me too – to cook on a ship in the sea! You blog is really interesting to read and to find out what people eat on board! Keep sharing!


  2. Nice to meet you Nino. Your blog is awesome and inspiring! What you do is really admirable – cooking in the sea! So excited to follow you and learn all about your adventures! And your family is so adorable too! πŸ™‚


    • Namaste Indu,
      Thank you for stopping by and following my blog, I really appreciate it!
      In the beginning of my career onboard, I work with Indians, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans and Bangladesh. A lot of Indian Cuisine I really miss, to name afew, Masala Dosa, Samosa, Mutton Curry & Paratha and of course Chicken or Mutton Biryani with Raita on Sundays. =)
      So, I will be checking on your recipe too just to feed my cravings!


  3. Nice blog.Keep on posting.
    Looks interesting. And seems that you really loved your job.
    Is it necessary to be a graduate of culinary or a chef to work same as yours?
    Thank you and God bless


    • Thank you, Mary! I really appreciate your encouragement. Actually no, I’m a graduate of Aircraft Maintenance Technology at PATTS college of aeronautics which is evidently no relation to cooking or merchant navigation. I started as a “Messboy” 15 years ago and work my way up to my present position as a Chiefcook. I also take atleast half a dozen short culinary courses but honestly I learn more onboard with my colleague and from the internet.
      Thank you too for taking your time on my blog. God bless you too! πŸ™‚


      • I have a friend working as a second cook in oil tanker vessel. I told him to view and follow your blog. He can learn a lot of things here.
        And upon reading your replies,somehow it may give encouragement and inspiration for him or to your fellow CooksonBoard πŸ™‚
        Keep it up.


  4. You have such an impressive blog, I’m really enjoying it! The photos of your family are so precious. I’ll be honest, I cannot even begin to imagine the trials of cooking at sea, especially in rough weather. I guess having done it for so long you’ve probably gotten used to it. How was it when you first started out? I bet there were some challenges that would make for awesome blog posts! Props to you on such a wonderful blog, it really is great! πŸ™‚



    • Starting out as a cook at sea was really Horrible dealing with Terrible weather. But only recently I find out the other side of it, “Only few of US wants the job!” I mean, having 3 kids to support needs a stable source of income.
      Thank you Jeanette for your time to read my blog, I really appreciate it!


      • You’re quite welcome! And I agree about needing a stable source of income to support a family, completely understandable. Sounds like an interesting job, especially being able to travel! πŸ™‚


    • Hello Swethadhaara, thank you for following my blog!!!
      Life Onboard can be so harsh too, but I love to wake up seeing different places outside my window and that is priceless…


  5. Coming from a family of sailors and chefs, I’m actually pretty surprised none of us has combined the two. It’s such a fascinating lifestyle. Thank you for sharing it with us.


  6. Thanks for the like! Even if I have a friend who is a Captain, I was never thinking about the food on a ship. So your blog looks very interesting. πŸ™‚


    • Hi and thanks for stopping by my blog. I just check on you bgcmetro blog and WOW, nice living units you got out there. Thats just make me wanna bet again on Lotto jackpots πŸ˜‰


  7. I was reading your post about cinnamon rolls and I was about to as you if you were a chief. :-p you say you are a wanna be, theb you must be doing a real good cooking job. Cheers!


    • To be a Chef is a big accomplishment for me, but for now I believe I’m still under qualified to be called a Chef.
      Thanks alot for stopping by and pressing some inspiring comment. I’ll try to post the Swedish pancake this week w/ strawberry on top of it. Wish I dont mess-up your nice easy recipe of homemade strawberry jam. πŸ˜‰ Cheers & enjoy!!!


    • Thank you Coco for your nice comments and a multitude of likes on my blog. Your site is also full of great topics. Wish you and your baby sydnee all the best ahead. Kiponblogging πŸ˜‰


  8. Great blog. My Grandpa was a chef in the Merchant Navy, when he left he used his savings to put a deposit on a bed and breakfast hotel in Wales and did all the cooking. My Dad is a fabulous cook, I have some of his quick and easy recipes to try to cook for friends. I like food that I can put in a pot in the oven and leave it for 30 minutes to 1 hour without interference πŸ™‚
    Best wishes


    • After reading your blog I think I will never get tired to say how honoured I am to know you. One reason I start blogging my recipe is to compete with myself, I really want to develop my skill and style of cooking. I have a series of “Siesta Cookin” which is cook inside the oven while I enjoy my siesta at my cabin πŸ˜‰ what a lazy cook I am. But “Siesta Cookin”series is among the best of my recipes, I’ll be blogging it when I’m ready.
      By the way, my vessel M.T. Ardea is always trading at Dundee & the North Tees. I wish me and my wife will have the chance to see your performance, may be in Asia. So, keep me in touch if ever your performing in Asia.
      All the best
      Nino πŸ˜‰


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