PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 9, 2015) – The smell of fresh cake fills the air of the bake shop. One Sailor, known as the cake boss, is there waiting for the cake to be ready for icing. With long strokes he spreads the icing. The detail in the design on top takes hours of perfecting. When the cake is finished it’s time to enjoy.
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) has their own cake boss in Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Keizer Rosales.
“I really enjoy making the cakes for the ship,” said Rosales. “I really like art and drawing so I am able to use my artistic abilities with that, for making the cake and decorating them as well.”
For Rosales making cakes is a rather new challenge for him. Before the Navy he did not have any training for making or decorating them.
“I had never made or decorated a cake before,” said Rosales. “I was new to the whole thing but now I am looking to go and take some decorating classes in my free time to learn more and be able to make better cakes for everyone.”
Rosales has an appreciation for decorating cakes that wasn’t necessarily there before.
“What people don’t understand that is it is actually hard to get the cake the way you want it, especially when you are as passionate about it as I am,” said Rosales. “It is a way for me to take what I see in my head and then transfer it onto the cakes I make.”
TR cakes play a big part in celebrating everything from a reenlistment to the Chief Petty Officer birthday. With the amount of cake that is made for the ship it can sometimes become a lot for one person.
“Rosales never complains about the amount of work he has to do,” said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Steven Heard. “At one point he was making two or three cakes a day, which is a lot, and every one of them looked great. He put everything he had to each cake.”
Rosales does the job with enthusiasm and seamlessly filled the role of a first class petty officer.
“He has definitely done a very good job with the cakes,” said Chief Culinary Specialist Nino Villamor. “He has taken over when one of our CS1’s left and he has moved right into the roll and has just done a great job with it.”
By Mass Communication Specialist Anthony N. Hilkowski, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs
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