BREMERTON, Wash. (May 11, 2013) Sailors assigned to commands in Navy Region Northwest and civilians attend the 21st Annual Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition at the Olympic College Student Center. The competition featured military culinary specialist from around the Pacific Northwest competing for top honors in several culinary specialties. Sponsored by the city of Bremerton Chamber of Commerce as part of the city’s 65th Annual Armed Forces Festival.
The Iron Chef style competition was open to the public and featured Navy culinary specialists competing for top honors in several culinary specialties. “This is a great event and the competition was intense, said Capt. Pete Dawson, commanding officer Naval Base Kitsap (NBK). “I am always amazed at the dedication of the culinary specialists in our Navy,” said Dawson. “They are truly artists … and they really do make the difference in the Navy for morale.”
Eight different Navy commands participated in the competition: NBK, Naval Station Everett (NSE), Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI), Naval Hospital Bremerton, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier John C. Stennis CVN 74), and the Ohio-class fleet ballistic missile submarines USS Nebraska (SSBN 733) gold crew, USS Maine (SSBN 741) gold crew, and USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) blue crew.
Each command had teams of culinary specialists competing in seven different culinary categories: cakes, chicken wings, chili, dessert pies, garnishments, hors d’oeuvres, and a main event.