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Food & Drink

The meat of battle

— Switzerland


It is a country renowned for its neutrality, but there is nothing hands-off about Swiss Army life where their in-demand food is concerned.

Recipes, Swiss, army, cooking, military

The Swiss military forces have a saying: “No food, no battle.” It’s an aphorism that Warrant Officer Reto Walther (pictured above), headteacher at Switzerland’s school for military kitchen chefs since 2003, knows well. Before joining the army, Walther learned his skills in Davos, where he cooked through three World Economic Forums. For the past nine years he has taught the secrets of traditional Swiss cooking to thousands of young men – and occasional women who volunteer to serve – completing their mandatory military service.

As part of his duties…


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