RAF Wittering chef wins ITV Armed Forces Day contest

From left, Lt Col Marcus Appleton, staff Sergeant Bob Oberhoffer, Able Rate David James Smith, Senior aircraftwoman Shimul Haider-Heming, and This Morning presenters Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.
From left, Lt Col Marcus Appleton, staff Sergeant Bob Oberhoffer, Able Rate David James Smith, Senior aircraftwoman Shimul Haider-Heming, and This Morning presenters Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

A chef based at RAF Wittering fought off competition from the Army and Royal Navy to win a live televised cooking competition.

Senior Aircraftwoman (SAC) Shimul Haider-Heming, 41, was victorious in the Armed Forces Day tri-service cook off on ITV’s This Morning.

SAC Haider-Heming is one of two qualified chefs in 504 (County of Nottingham) Royal Auxiliary Air Force Squadron, which is based at RAF Wittering.

Her dish of choice was curried steak in a samosa-style pastry parcel on Bombay potatoes, with green beans sautéed in curry and a side salad.

She used a standard ration pack, with the addition of only a few fresh ingredients.

Her dish impressed judge Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Appleton, an officer in the Army Catering Corps, and was tasty enough to beat competition

RAF Wittering Station Commander, Group Captain Damian Alexander said; “We’re delighted Shimul won the Armed Forces Day cook-off.

“She was up against stiff competition, and has made her squadron and the station proud.”

SAC Haider-Heming also runs her own cake company.