The Armed Forces Military Arts Culinary Competition got its beginning as a simple Chili Cook Off on Armed Forces Day about 40 years ago. It has grown into a stand alone event 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. The audience got to sample all the entries after the judging. This event is sponsored by the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce.
11 teams competed in the categories: Garnish, Appetizer, Wings, Chili, Ribs, Deserts, and Battling Chefs. The Teams represented: Naval Base Kitsap, Naval Base Everett, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Naval Hospital Bremerton, USS Nimitz, USS Stennis, USS Maine, USS Nevada, USS Henry M Jackson, and USS Nebraska.
Place Garnish Appetizers Wings Chili Ribs Deserts
1 JBLM JBLM Nimitz NASWI NH Brem HM Jackson
2 NB Everett Maine JBLM JBLM Nevada Nimitz
3 NASWI JBLM NH Brem Stennis JBLM JBLM
There were 9 teams involved in the Battling Chefs Contest, consisting of 2 man teams. They were given one hour to create and present an entre’ showcasing the following ingredients Duck Breast, Mussels, Carrots, Red Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Oranges. and Pecans. The Judges for the contest were Captain John Ring Commanding Officer USS Nimitz, Captain Thomas Wolfer Commanding Officer Naval Base kitsap, Patty Lent Bremerton mayor, Christopher Plemmons Olympic College Culinary arts. JBLM finished first, Nimitz finished second and Naval Base Kitsap finished third.
The overall winner was Joint Base Lewis McChord