Military Culinary Arts Competition 2012
Twenty-two full teams and 320
competitors from all 5 branches
of the armed services participated
in the 37th Annual Military
Culinary Arts Competition from 29
February to 7 March 2012 at Fort
Lee, Virginia. Additions to this year's
culinary arts competition included
two new categories—an international
competition and live showcase cooking—and a new student category for
each of the main competitive categories.
|A Canadian chef prepares fish during the international competition
portion of the Military Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, Virginia. (Photo by Julianne E. Cochran, Army Sustainment)
Canada, Germany, and the United
States competed in the international
competition. Two chefs, hand-picked
from each country's military, competed
in the "mystery basket" event,
where they had 4 hours to prepare a
4-course meal for 4 people. The U.S.
Team, two enlisted aides to Chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS)
General Martin E. Dempsey, Sergeant
Major Mark Morgan and Master
Sergeant Jesus Camacho, came in
first. German competitors came in
second place (and also received a gold
medal), and Canadian chefs placed
third (with a silver medal).
In other categories, Team Fort
Stewart, Georgia, won several major
awards this year, including Installation
of the Year (ahead of Team Pentagon
and Team Fort Hood, Texas), the
Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge
Bowl, and the Student Team Competition.
|Chief Food Service Specialist Jason Stagnitto, Team Coast Guard,
prepares dishes for judges during the Enlisted Aide of the Year Competition. Stagnitto and his partner, Food Service Specialist First Class Edward Fuchs, were named the Nutritional Hot Food Challenge
champions. (Photo by Julianne E. Cochran, Army Sustainment)
Members of the Fort Stewart team
also claimed the top individual honors.
Sergeant Major David Turcotte
was named the Armed Forces Senior
Chef of the Year. Specialist Jacquelyn
Canidy, also from Team Fort Stewart,
was named the Armed Forces Junior
Chef of the Year. Chief Petty Officer
Derrick Davenport, an aide to the CJCS, was named the Armed Forces
Enlisted Aide of the Year.
The Field Cooking Competition went
to Team Fort Hood (followed by Team
Pentagon and Team Fort Stewart). Team
Fort Hood also won an award for the best
theme for their dining tables.
Chief Food Service Specialist Jason
Stagnitto and Food Service Specialist
First Class Edward Fuchs, Team Coast
Guard, were named the Nutritional Hot
Food Challenge champions, and Team
Coast Guard won the Judges Special
Award for their cold food table display.
|Above, Private First Class Dennis Escaner, Team Korea, received a
student award for best exhibit in show, culinary showpiece, for this
dragon centerpiece. Below, Brigadier General Gwendolyn Bingham,
the Quartermaster General, and Command Sergeant Major
James K. Sims, the Regimental Command Sergeant Major, present
the award. (Photo by Julianne E. Cochran, Army Sustainment)
The following are the individual results
for the major culinary arts categories:
- Specialist Shawn Hafele from Fort Carson, Colorado, and Specialist Alexandria Long from Team Fort Hood tied for the best exhibit in show, cold platter.
- Staff Sergeant Billy Daugette, Team CJCS, received best exhibit in show, hot food shown cold.
- Sergeant Major Mark Morgan, Team CJCS, received best exhibit in show, patiserie/confectionary.
- Specialist JanMichael Calma, Team Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington received best exhibit in show, culinary showpiece.
- Private First Class Dennis Escaner, Team Korea, received a student award for best exhibit in show, culinary showpiece.
- Chief Petty Officer Ernesto Alvarez, Team White House, received best exhibit in show, live action centerpiece.
- Staff Sergeant Carlos Quiles, Team Fort Drum, New York, received a most artistic exhibit in show award.
- Sergeant First Class Motavia Alston, Team Pentagon, received best in show, contemporary cooking.
- Staff Sergeant Orlando Serna, Team Pentagon, received best in show, contemporary pastry.
- Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jeffery Lein and Master Sergeant Travis Jones from the Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, had the best in show, ice carving.