BÖBLINGEN, Germany – When he won second place in the chili preparation competition and first place in the dessert category at an organization day recently, many people were surprised to learn that his two winning entries were vegan.
Sebastian Mann is a catering specialist at the logistics preparation center in Stuttgart. At his day job, he and a small team of army civilians, soldiers, and local national employees prepare meals at the Warrior Originals Café restaurant located on Panzer Kaserne, feeding up to around 150 people a day.
But Mann has a secret. Much like the secret he hid from the people who judged his chili and dessert on the organizing day, Mann’s secret at work is vegan cooking, which is always delicious and extremely healthy, he said. .
“There are multiple benefits,” said Mann, who has a degree in culinary arts from the University of Stratford in Washington, D.C. “From my personal experience and talking to other people who have gone vegan , you feel less tired.You have more energy during the day and more endurance during exercise.After training, your muscles recover much faster and your sleep cycle is much better.
Mann, who started working at LRC Stuttgart in November 2021, spent half of his childhood as an army dependent in Germany, he said. Her father is a retired Army Staff Sergeant who was stationed in Germany for many years.
“Personally, I feel much more comfortable here since I grew up here. I find it more my home than anywhere in the United States,” Mann said. “I first joined the military so I could save money to return to Germany, but ended up getting lucky and choosing Germany as my first duty station.”
“Everything worked perfectly,” said Mann, who was a soldier working at the Originals Café on Panzer as a restoration specialist from 2016 to 2019.
And when he finished enlisting in the army, he stayed. He worked bowling on Panzer Kaserne for a year, then he worked housing on Panzer for another before accepting a permanent Army civilian service position with LRC Stuttgart of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade.
And he’s not planning to go anywhere anytime soon, he said. His almost 2-year-old daughter and his German-Italian girlfriend live with him in Stuttgart.
“My girlfriend is vegan and my daughter is also vegan. She’s healthy and thriving, and her doctors are very supportive,” Mann said. “It’s fun to do as a family, involving everyone. “
For Mann, eating healthy and cooking meals at home has always been a family affair.
“Being involved with food has always felt very natural to me,” Mann said. “Growing up, I was always in the kitchen helping my mom and grandma. In my family, that was a big thing. You learn to cook before you learn to drive.
“A lot of people don’t know much about the plant-based lifestyle, so I like to cook different vegan dishes and show the benefits,” said the 27-year-old culinary expert. “For me, it’s about helping to break down stereotypes. I want people to know more about what they eat and be more involved in preparing their own meals.
“There is a certain satisfaction in doing it yourself. And when it’s plant-based, very nutritious and everyone really enjoys it, that makes it even better,” he added.
“I love the excitement and shock on people’s faces when I do something for them and they love it,” Mann said. “On the day of organization, my bowl of chili was the first to empty, which was good for me. I also made a fancy vegan cake – which I learned in school from kitchen – and it blew everyone away. Seeing people’s faces take that first bite and then they say “wait a minute – is that vegan?” – It warms my heart.
“I cook a lot of vegetable and vegan cuisine. For me, it’s a stress buster, it’s good and it’s easy,” Mann said. “Especially for soldiers, vegan options make sense.”
“A lot of them go to the gym and work out and do things to make sure they’re fit and healthy,” Mann said. “I find it beneficial for them to try more vegan options and promote cleaner eating.”
“There’s a lot of clean plant protein out there. There are many vegan meal plans to lose weight, maintain it or gain weight. Everything depends. Vegan is fully customizable. There is a recipe or meal plan for everything and everyone,” he said.
Mann said the LRC Stuttgart team is doing a great job, overall, and is very important to the community at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart.
“LRC Stuttgart touches the community from side to side. I’ve seen firsthand how LRC Stuttgart supports this community, and it’s amazing,” he said.
LRC Stuttgart is one of seven LRCs under the command and control of the 405th AFSB. LRCs perform facility logistics support and services to include supply, maintenance, transportation and food service management as well as apparel distribution facility operations, hazardous materials management, personal and household goods, passenger movement, and management of non-tactical vehicles and garrison equipment. When it comes to providing day-to-day installation services, LRC Stuttgart directs, manages and coordinates a variety of operations and activities in support of USAG Stuttgart.
LRC Stuttgart reports to the 405th AFSB, which is assigned to the US Army Sustainment Command and under the operational control of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, US Army Europe and Africa. The brigade is headquartered in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and provides material support to U.S. forces throughout Europe and Africa – providing theater support logistics; synchronize acquisition, logistics and technology; and leveraging the U.S. Army Materiel Command Materiel Enterprise to support joint forces. For more information on the 405th AFSB, visit the official site and the official Facebook site.