The AUXCHEF (Auxiliary Chef) Program is a National Auxiliary Program designed to provide trained Auxiliarists to fill-in at Small Boat Stations or on cutters to relieve FSs. The program allows FSs to attend training, take leave, etc. without the Station being short handed. The AUXCHEFs can also assist with VIP events, Change of Commands and other events such as picnics. AUXCHEFS can be available for a variety of time frames from one meal to several days. The AUXCHEFS do not shop for or supply food, they prepare the food the stations provide, and assist in serving and cleanup. AUXCHEFS are not authorized to handle cash. AUXCHEFS do supply that home cooked touch during the holidays and at special events. After Dante Laurino successful start in 1SR, the AUXCHEF program was expanded as a national pilot program. Dante Laurino of National-Special Projects was placed in charge to duplicate his pilot program. Ginger and Ron Ellis of the 5th District then took the lead to expand the program. 5th Southern and Northern AUXCHEFs routinely assist at stations and on cutters, as well as assisting at Coast Guard and Auxiliary VIP events, including at numerous flag events. At the 2009 N-Train, the Program was taken out of pilot status to be made a National Auxiliary program. The AUXCHEF Program is a Division within the Auxiliary National Department of Human Resources headed by Division Chief Russ Venti and Branch Chiefs. Ron Ellis- Atlantic and Linda Haynes Branch Chief-Pacific . Each Auxiliary District will have an AUXCHEF Chair appointed by the District Commodore who will work closely with the units in that District.