John Owen has been a tugboat chef for nearly a decade. Working a split shift from 4.30 am-7.00 pm, John cooks breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a crew of 11-20, 7 days a week. He has been working for Crowley Marine Services in Valdez, Alaska for 10 years. A couple times a year he drops down to the lower 48, and this is when you will have an amazing meal at Annie’s Kitchen. “About 5 years ago, Bob Snyder met me at the gym, and when he found out I was a chef, he roped me in!” said John. On Wednesday, October 3rd, John was back in town and prepared a lovely meal of teriyaki beef, chicken marinara, fresh asparagus, rice pilaf and 100 pounds of mashed potatoes! “Bob started spreading the word that John was going to be in town and can you believe we had to ask people to give up their chairs when they were done eating for the crowds still coming through the doors. That only happens at Thanksgiving!” said ELC member Rozella Kleven, “He also made 16 dozen of his famous homemade chocolate chip cookies, but those were gone before dinner was even served!” It is estimated that about 300 meals were served on October 3rd, and what a meal it was…thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers and resident Tugboat Chef, John Owen. Thanks so much John!