Jock 'don't let me cook' Wishart
By Polar Race quartermaster, and ex-firefighter, Simon Marshall
Jock Wishart is well known as both founder and organiser of Polar
Race, in addition to the myriad of other polar, sailing and rowing
escapades he has been involved in. Within the circles of people
who have worked with him before however, he is famous, or more
correctly infamous as one of the worst cooks in the history of
During the 1996 Ultimate Challenge to the Magnetic North
Pole Jock single-handedly managed to burn three pans whilst making
hot chocolate for himself and a tent mate.
Having worked with Jock before, I made a point of telling our three
colleagues Steve, Rob and Paul not to let him near the kitchen of
the house that serves as our Base Camp HQ. Needless to say, in the
end it was my fault. I had made a sandwich and was sitting eating
it whilst reading a book. Steve and Rob were out walking on the
ice and Paul was updating the website in another room.
The next moment the fire alarm went off and I looked round only to
find Jock with a pan of sausages engulfed in smoke in the kitchen.
As a former London firefighter I used all my years of experience
and we put the pan outside and opened all the doors and windows
which is not really a great deal of fun when it is -30°C
outside. The results of Jock's handiwork (which was subsequently
eaten) can be seen in the accompanying photograph.
14 April 2022