Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League of the US

May 9: Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition


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.

Award Winners:

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