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Bremerton AFF Culinary Arts Competition

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May 10: Armed Forces Festival Military Culinary Arts Competition

The Armed Forces Military Arts Culinary Competition got its beginning as a simple Chili Cook Off on Armed Forces Day. It has grown into a stand alone event at Olympic College on the Saturday before Armed Forces Day Parade, and has become the premiere culinary event in the County. Military teams come from all services and all over the State.

Culinary Specialists (CS) assigned to Naval Base Kitsap (NBK), Naval Station Everett (NSE), Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI), the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN 737), USS Alabama (SSBN 731), the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Naval Hospital Bremerton, Marines assigned to Marine Corps Security Force Battalion-Bangor (McSFBN) and Soldiers from Joint Based Lewis-McChord (JBLM) competed in the event.

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 Battling Chefs main event.

The contest was expertly organized and run NBK CSC Richard Yanagihara. CWO4 Erick Van Hofwegen, and Cris Larsen acted as Master of Ceremonies.  The highlight of the competition was the “Battling Chefs” contest. Eleven two man teams competed in an “Iron Chef” competition and has to incorporate secret ingredients Calamari, Mangos and Southwest Chipotle Seasoning into their creation.

The Judging Panel was led by Rdml Bette Bolivar, Mayor Patty Lent and NBK CO Capt Tom Zwolfer; Chef Chris Plemmons Olympic College, and Chef Acosta provided technical expertise.

The Battling Chef’s contest was won by CS1 (SS) Michael Grey and CS2 (SS) Larry Hoogstraten from Naval Base Kitsap.

Competition Winners By Category

Best Hors d’ oeures
 Safe Harbor, CS2 DACANAY

Best Chicken Wings
USS LOUISIANNA SSBN 743, CS1 LALANDE

Best Pie (Dessert)
Joint Base Lewis McChord, SGT BAUTISTA

Best Decorated Cake
Joint Base Lewis McChord, SGT MORRIS

Best Garnish Display
Naval Base Kitsap, CS1 CRISTIBAL

Best Chili (52 entrys)
Naval Base Kitsap, CS1 WOLFSON

Best Ribs
USS Kentucky SSBN 737, CSSA FORBES

Battling Chefs
Naval Base Kitsap, CS1 GRAY/CS2 HOOGSTRATEN

Overall
Joint Base Lewis McChord

 

 

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