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GSL Head Cook Shares Experience

GSL Head Cook Shares Experience
Letila Sokonawai. Photo: Wilona Ravato
October 04
11:00 2017

Letila Sokonawai has a rather challenging role as the head cook on board the soon-to be delivered Goundar Shipping Limited (GSL) vessel, MV Lomaiviti Princess V.

She is part of the GSL crew who left our shores on Sunday for Canada. There are only two females on this trip.

For Ms Sokonawai, her excitement to see how the kitchen appliances in the galley (vessel’s kitchen) function is what she is keen to know and learn.

She said, for her it is important to know how to operate kitchen utensils as it will help make her work faster.

The 30-year-old has gained six years’ experience working for GSL after graduating with a Certificate in Dining Room Service, Certificate in Commercial Bakery and Trade Certificate 1, 2 and 3 in Cookery in 2011, from the Fiji National University’s Catering School.

For Ms Sokonawai sailing out at sea has always interested her and the opportunity to see Canada for the first time will last her a lifetime.

“Im excited to grow and keep learning everything I can while I still have the opportunity to do so.”

Apart from the qualifications Ms Sokonawai has with her job description she also completed short courses at the Fiji Maritime Academy.

“I’ve always enjoyed cooking and working with males is not a problem because they do not complain about food and it is always a cheerful environment on board.”

She added that this voyage will be challenging for her as she has a huge responsibility.

Her advice to young women who are interested in the same career path is to take seize challenges and explore opportunities.

“I never thought I would be travelling to new places, but I enjoy what I do and it has helped me learn new things along the way.”

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