What you cook depends on the crew you have. Bodybuilders are going to want salads and proteins with a few carbs. Guys from the south are going to want red beans and rice, creole chicken and shrimp and greens. Northerners are more meat and potatoes based casseroles. Several of your days a week are governed by set menus like Turkey or Fried Chicken with all the fixins on Sunday, Seafood on Fridays and Steak on Saturday. Remember, special holidays that require specific foods like 4th of July, Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years Day, World Series Opening, and several others. Ask you captain if he wants any special meals during your rotation. What you will be able to fix will also depend on the boat budget and product availability. Watching the television show Chopped, could help a great deal when you arrive at shift change and are cooking what is left from the previous cook. It is a challenge but can also be fun. Make lots of snacks.