8th TSC chefs serve-up recipes with gold, silver, bronze ingredients

| March 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

Sgt. Ricardo Branch
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Army chefs work long hours to prepare meals for Soldiers in their assignment.

Often, the culinary dish is consumed without thought of necessary ingredients — long hours and work — that go into each savory creation.

But all that changed, earlier this month, when a group of Soldiers from Hawaii took part in the 35th Annual Army Culinary Competition at Fort Lee, Va.

Sgt. Cesar Sumauang prepares a plate for Team Hawaii during the Nutritional Hot Food Challenge portion of the 35th Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, Va., March 1. The Ewa Beach, Hawaii native is assigned to the 45th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command. (Patrick Buffett | Fort Lee Public Affairs)“The culinary competition is one of the largest culinary competitions in the United States,” said Sgt. 1st Class William Richter, a food service specialist from the 45th Sustainment Brigade. “Each year, hundreds of Army cooks meet at Fort Lee to showcase their talents in a wide variety of competitions.”

Richter, who served as team manager for the Hawaii contingent, was surprised when his Soldiers took home many of the competition’s top honors.

“I always said from the start, I didn’t care how we did as a team,” he said. “In the back of your mind, you want to win, but as long as Soldiers learn from the experience, then the trip was worth it. However, when the awards were announced, I was extremely proud to be a part of the team.”

From the Installation of the Year trophy to the Armed Forces Chef of the Year award, Team Hawaii walked off with a number of impressive honors.

“This competition really puts a food service specialist’s skills to the test,” Spc. Thomas Richberg, 58th Military Police Company, said. “It was my first time coming here and representing Hawaii, and I didn’t imagine I would do so well.”

Richberg was tasked with creating the dessert for the competition, but changed his idea the night prior. “I thought I would do all right,” he said. “I knew I would meet the standard, but leaving the competition, I’m honored to have had the opportunity to compete. Everyone in our line of work should get the chance to do this competition because it really lets you know how you stand.”

Team Hawaii members are already looking forward to next year’s competition.

“We’re going for Installation of the Year,” Richter said. “Doing this competition is a good career builder, and we really showed what Hawaii could do. Next time, we’ll do even better, which will help Hawaii and the Soldiers’ competition realize that the Army sees their talent and can help them grow further in their careers.”

•Spc. Thomas Richberg, 58th Military Police Company, received Gold in Desert Category, Bronze in Hot Food Challenge,  and Bronze in Showpiece.
•Sgt. Cesar Sumauang, 45th Special Troops Battalion, received Silver, in Nutritional Hot Food Challenge and in Hot Food Challenge.
•Sgt. Christopher Bohn, 540th Quartermaster, received Bronze as Senior Chief of the Year. 

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  1. richard pletado says:

    im so proud of you,,, ninong cesar! ,may GOD bless you always… and ur family:) hehew…

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