First Non-Filipino Culinary Specialist Breaks Barriers, Screws Up Constantly Ron June 19, 2012 Navy 38 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: YOKOSUKA, JAPAN - Upon arriving to his assignment aboard the already underway USS George Washington, Petty Officer 3rd Class Walt Morris made Navy history by becoming the first ever non-Filipino Culinary Specialist. After finishing the basic course at the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence in Ft. Lee, VA, he arrived on the George Washington and met the rest of the galley staff, whom he described as being “polite” and “curious” about his presence. Culinary Specialists are responsible for operating and managing Navy messes and living quarters. But to hungry sailors, their most important functions are preparing and serving meals. For breaking the galley’s color barrier, Navy officials are hailing the multiracial Morris — who describes himself as “a true American mutt” with a “mix of white, some kind of Spanish, and 1/16th Cherokee” — as the “Jackie Robinson of the Navy.” Vice Admiral Bill Higgins flew out to the George Washington to meet Morris in person and shake his hand. “You are doing your country and the Navy a great service,” Higgins said to the visibly nervous Morris, “by showing that those of us who are not Filipino can also work in a Navy galley.” Morris has been working round-the-clock to learn the ropes, and many sailors have praised Morris’ enthusiasm. “This man try very hard,” CS1 Ramon Montez said. “He is new. I mess up too when I was new. Not as bad as he, but you know.” Montez listed several of Morris’ mishaps so far, including burning the powdered eggs at breakfast, adding the wrong amount of milk to a vat of chocolate pudding, and forgetting to put the nozzle on a hose while cleaning the kitchen so that he drenched everyone working. Montez smirked and shrugged with his palms up. “I guess it most important that he try,” Montez said. For Higgins’ visit, Morris prepared vegetable broth soup for the Vice Admiral’s lunch. “We give him something easy,” Montez said. When Higgins sat down at the dining table, he asked his aides, “Is this the soup that was prepared by the young man? Super.” Higgins took a sip of the soup, furrowed his brow, and then slammed his spoon down. “Take this shit away,” he yelled. “Get me some real food right now before I throw someone off this goddamn ship.” For his part, Morris is remaining upbeat. “I fucked up,” Morris said. “The recruiter told me that going CS was encroaching on the Manila Mafia’s territory, but I didn’t listen. They shout orders out in Tagalog. They make me go to karaoke night in one of the common rooms every other night, even though I want to go to sleep. And I don’t follow boxing, so when they asked me who my favorite boxer was, I said Floyd Mayweather because I remembered the name from ESPN. No one talked to me for the rest of the day.” Morris shook his head. “As soon as possible, I’m gonna get out and do something completely different so that I never have to see another Filipino ever again.” “Maybe I can cross-rate into dental,” Morris said. “I might like a job there.” Don't miss the next story.Get the latest news and alerts from Duffel Blog delivered to your inbox—free. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/iLWhT Melissa Mccrea says: January 9, 2015 at 2:44 AM Former CS here. Worked with one Filipino that couldn’t cook Filipino food. Had to call her mom to learn how to make panzit! Best quote from my first Filipino LPO, “No two starches!”. Leah Jo Hemling says: June 19, 2014 at 5:14 PM Classic – please interpret the Navy Exchange and all the Commissary baggers for us! Erwin Aller says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM hahahahahahahahha! Charles Shivnarain says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM I did not get most of the references but it was very funny and the Floyd Mayweather line was classic, http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8069874/floyd-mayweather-jr-tops-forbes-list-money-makers. dude is in jail for domestic battery. is there NO ONE he won’t beat? Christopher Garner says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM Hilarious! Having gone through Ft. Lee (for Bulk Fuel), the “Joint Culinary Center for Excellence” line was great. I spent a very small amount of time on the Essex, and did think it was strange that everyone in the galley was Filipino, but chalked it up to chance. Silly jarhead, thinking that the Navy would leave anything to chance! Greg Holdreith says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM lol David Rutkoff says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM Nicely written, esp the “almost-but-not-complete” broken English. After generations of being American born and raised, I can only conclude there exists some unwritten decree that speaking proper English is still “a bridge too far” to cross. Jason D Sousley says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM Silly, silly, silly you know if he would have just joined the army he could have been a cook, watching the Ugandans guard a chow hall. Kevin Winters says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM So wrong, but yet somehow….so right! Josh Noble says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM When will we get the first non-filipino Machinists Mate Chief? That’s another barrier that is yet to be broken! Eric Bengco says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM This is Funny… But I know with proper guidance my the MAFIA’s he will be an excellent Chef… Erin Busic says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM So that’s were we get our dental guys from? hahaha Richard Kennedy says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM This is so funny. I was in the Navy a long long time ago. I remember many filipino sailors. They were excellent cooks for sure. Thanks for the great laugh. San Dee says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM Too funny, dude! Love the boxing bit. Oh, and your ‘About the Author’ description! Ian Jüngling says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM Next breakthrough: The Navy Exchange? Michael Hasbun says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Gotta love the Filipino mafia on ship =o). Donald Wayne Keimig says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM Utterly hilarious! I love this site. Bookmarking now! Michael Burke says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM First thing I did as a junior supply SK was learn my Tagalog. Only way to get things done. Michael Morales says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM Hahaha, utterly hilarious. They hated me in NAVSTA Rota, Spain. I was the only Filipino MA there. When they found out about me, they were surprised that a Filipino was in Naval Law Enforcement. They had an on-base potluck or something and were all illegally parked near the park. I told them to move their vehicles and an hour later, when they didn’t (probably them thinking that I wouldn’t actually do anything about it because I was also Filipino), I cited all of their vehicles. Needless to say, I was never allowed back into the base galley the rest of my time there. Niko Ouano says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM LOL “I said Floyd Mayweather because I remembered the name from ESPN.” This article is too great, lol duffelblog. Phil Abbloh says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM I was in the Navy and served with Filipinos, so I’m familiar with the food & customs, but this story had me cracking up laughing… I could really feel Morris’ pain… especially when Admiral Higgins took a sip of the soup, furrowed his brow, and then slammed his spoon down. “Take this shit away,” he yelled. “Get me some real food right now before I throw someone off this goddamn ship.” lmao…lmao… Justin Fordyce says: February 26, 2014 at 12:39 AM Get the fuck out here! john wills says: October 28, 2012 at 1:47 AM The first rule of the Manila Mafia is: you do not talk about the Manila Mafia Tom says: October 14, 2012 at 12:46 AM They do have the Filipino mafia in the Navy, watch out they run everything and are getting to other branches of the armed services. Trusty Shellback says: August 17, 2012 at 8:27 AM This is pure hillarity!!! Its seems this way sometimes. DT1 Cheerio says: August 14, 2012 at 10:19 PM CS3 Morris might want to reconsider dental, ever since we merged back to HMs it’s been all downhill. DT1 Cheerio says: August 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM CS3 Morris might want to reconsider dental, every since we merged back to HMs it’s been all downhill. Bob Lagagi says: July 27, 2012 at 3:39 PM That article is wrong. Everyone knows that the first non Filipino was none other than Navy SEAL Casey fuckin’ Ryback. Vlad says: August 16, 2012 at 8:43 AM f’ing rolling! Nice one Bob Darrell B says: August 17, 2012 at 4:19 PM SUPERB reference, Bob. Bonus points to you, sir. Brent says: June 22, 2012 at 3:19 PM how long ago was this?..I’ve known many CS that aren’t part of the Filipino Mafia, and they were white, mixed and black. Why is this New? Ski says: July 16, 2012 at 7:11 PM Please tell me you’re trolling… Pits and Shagrins says: July 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM Please Brent, tell us you were joking. Otherwise you have to be, quite frankly, the dumbest person alive havoc1967 says: July 31, 2012 at 3:24 PM Some of the tards that comment on these articles are even funnier than the articles themselves…. and the articles are hysterical.