May 10: Armed Forces Festival Military Culinary Arts Competition
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.
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 Garnish Display
Naval Base Kitsap, CS1 CRISTIBAL
Best Chili (52 entrys)
Naval Base Kitsap, CS1 WOLFSON
USS Kentucky SSBN 737, CSSA FORBES
Naval Base Kitsap, CS1 GRAY/CS2 HOOGSTRATEN
Joint Base Lewis McChord