Written by adam on Mar 26, 2006
U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition
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On the latest episode of the Men in Aprons Show, TheWife talks about this year's annual U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition. I thought I might shed a little more light on the subject today. Each year, Fort Lee in Virginia hosts the annual two-week event at which servicemen and women compete in categories such as pastry and confection; centerpiece design; culinary knowledge bowl; and ice carving.
From the Army's Quartermaster website:
In its 31 year history the only time the competition did not take place was in 1991 during the Desert Storm campaign and 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 31st annual competition is truly shaping up to be one of our best events held here at Fort Lee. For the first time ever the competition will showcase our young culinarians and really test their knowledge and skill. The three tier Installation of the Year event will begin with the Culinary Knowledge Bowl Examination, a fifty question test which includes Food Safety and Sanitation; Nutritional Cooking; Food Service Management; and Quality Food Preparation. The top four teams compete in a Jeopardy style event that includes music and daily-double format. This event takes place during the public viewing exhibition at the Fort Lee Field House. The juniors are further tested in the all new Student Skills Competition. This event tests four E-4s and below in their knife skills, meat fabrication and menu production.
See the full text here.
It's a pretty cool looking deal. I'm really impressed that the army does stuff other than kill Iraqis. And who knew that soldiers could participate in ice carving at a competitive level.