‘Commando Chef’, real name Mike Beaton, is an SAS marine and part of the Royal Marines Educational Awareness Team (RM-EAT). Through a range of exciting presentations and workshops, RM-EAT aims to develop students’ life skills and awareness of careers in the Royal Navy.
A self-motivated, determined, enthusiastic Royal Marine who has served around the globe since 1988 bring peace to our world. Operational tours of duty include serving on the grim sectarian streets of Northern Ireland, to the hot humid evil jungles of Sierra Leon, I have faced many tasks as a serving marine. One of the highlights in my 26 years of service was being in a privileged position to take young men through Royal Marine Training which is known throughout the world to be the toughest most extreme basic training there is.
During my time in Commando units, I found myself indulging in endurance sport, this then became a hobby which grew out of control.
Seven G.B. vests have been worn at the World Long Course Triathlon Championships, from Japan to Denmark, Switzerland to France and all this has been achieved whilst on tours of duty within the Royal Marines. Ten Ironman’s later is now time to really challenge myself and this was achieved at the Double Ironman World Championships USA. Swim 5 miles, Bike 224 miles and finish with a double marathon all done back to back. First out of the water, a long day in the saddle saw me now in 10th position I battled back while hallucinating during the run to clinch 3rd place in a time of 28hrs.
Six months later and swearing blind I would never do another endurance event I was on the start line for the Verdon Gorge 3 day multi-run in South of France. In extreme heat but with stunning scenery and at times climbing on all fours out of the gorge I achieved 9th position after 100 miles.
Not just a Royal Marine but also a Royal Marine chef, who at present is educating today’s young men and woman to cook and eat healthily so that they can fulfil the dream that they chase.
Winner of Corp Sportsman of the year, runner up in South West Sportsman of the year this all comes second best to Operational tours as a marine, my wife and two young boys.
CSgt Mike Beaton’s #MarineIn15 recipes helped you to cook up the right food without spending a fortune. Now he’s back with some bitesize hints and tips to take you to the next level, starting with breakfast. BOOM!