Joint Team Hawaii chefs cook up gold, silver medals and IOY

| April 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Hawaii’s joint Culinary Arts Professional Team prepares a four-course, restaurant-style meal for 50 guests, winning a gold medal and earning the title of Best in Show.

Hawaii’s joint Culinary Arts Professional Team prepares a four-course, restaurant-style meal for 50 guests, winning a gold medal and earning the title of Best in Show.

Sgt. 1st Class Joshua C. Perry
Joint Team Hawaii-Culinary Arts Team

 

FORT LEE, Va. — The Joint Team Hawaii Culinary Arts Team has taken the title of Installation of the Year for the second year in a row during the Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event (MCACTE).

The team traveled to Fort Lee for the 41st Annual MCACTE, March 4-14, where it won 17 gold, and 4 silver, medals, and was awarded Best in Show in the following categories: •Mobile Kitchen Field Category

  • Individual Contemporary Cooking- Installation of the Year
  • Team Buffet
  • Individual Cold Food Entry
  • Individual Competitor Contemporary Cooking
  • Student Skill Challenge.

In November 2014, U.S. Army-Pacific directed the 8th Theater Sustainment Command (in conjunction with the Installation Food Program Manager) to establish a training program that supports Hawaii’s Army Culinary Arts Program. The program was designed to teach culinary arts to Soldiers within all Hawaii based dining facilities and to prepare them for broadening assignments as enlisted aids and flight stewards.

This year’s team was selected in mid-October, 2015. Team try-outs were just the beginning — after a team was selected, Soldiers and Sailors had the opportunity to certify with the American Culinary Federation (ACF), attend a 3 week advanced culinary arts training program, compete for medals in the US Army-Hawaii FY16 ACF competition judged by certified chefs from around the world and receive mentorship from ACF judges throughout their training cycle.

Team member Sgt. Kevin Arwood, Company F, 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID, was selected to be a part of the U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team that will travel to Erfurt, Germany, to compete in the IKA (International Kochkunst Ausstellung) Culinary Olympics.

With the team being crowned as Installation of the Year, the Student Skills Team has an opportunity to compete at a national level, and it will go head-to-head with the top college from each region within the U.S., in July, at the ACF “Cook, Craft, Create Expo” in Phoenix, Ariz.

MCACTE

The Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Va., is the largest ACF competition in North America. With the exceptions of 1991 and 2003, during Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, the competition has been held each year since 1973. The competition is sanctioned by the ACF and showcases the talents of military chefs from around the globe in all branches of the U.S. armed forces.

 

 

 

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