Olympic College Hosts 23rd Annual Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV, NPASE DET NW

BREMERTON, Wash. (May 9, 2015) – Olympic College hosted the 23rd Annual Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition in Bremerton, May 9.

The Culinary Arts Competition is an annual event to showcase military culinary arts skills to the public and increase morale throughout the military services in the Pacific Northwest.

“The overall goal is for the military show their skills in culinary arts to the public,” said Chef Chris Plemmons, head of Olympic College’s culinary program.

The competition’s main event consisted of teams creating a dish with each secret ingredient. Each team is giving 15 minutes to create a menu and one hour to prepare and present their dish.

“All branches that are competing take this very seriously,” said Plemmons. “There is a lot of pride in what these service members do”.

The event was open to the public and many commands provided meals to taste even if they weren’t competing.

“I think it’s great to have the various commands together showing their stuff,” said Capt. Chris Ring, commanding officer of USS Nimitz. “This is my first time attending, but I’m impressed with what I’ve seen.”

The teams worked together to create a dish within the allotted time and present them to the judges.

This is more a team building exercise than anything, said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Nicholas Gagner, assigned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. We have come from all over the world to compete. With so many backgrounds uniting, teamwork means the success of our product.

The competition’s winner was Joint Base Lewis-McChord winning the Best Chef and Best Overall awards.

“I hope this competition will increase community participation and allow us to interact with our military,” said Patty Lent, mayor of Bremerton. “The food is always excellent and every year it gets better.”

150509-N-EC099-102 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 9, 2015) – Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Lawrence Jasper, assigned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, serves Capt. John Ring, commanding officer of USS Nimitz, a dish during the 23rd Annual Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition. The Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition is held to increase the morale of service members and bring the civilian and military closer together. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles W. Gaddis IV/Released)

150509-N-EC099-102 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 9, 2015) – Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Lawrence Jasper, assigned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, serves Capt. John Ring, commanding officer of USS Nimitz, a dish during the 23rd Annual Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition. The Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition is held to increase the morale of service members and bring the civilian and military closer together. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles W. Gaddis IV/Released)

150509-N-EC099-086 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 9, 2015) – Patty Lent, mayor of Bremerton, scores a team’s dish during the 23rd Annual Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition. The Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition is held to increase the morale of service members and bring the civilian and military closer together. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles W. Gaddis IV/Released)

150509-N-EC099-086 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 9, 2015) – Patty Lent, mayor of Bremerton, scores a team’s dish during the 23rd Annual Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition. The Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition is held to increase the morale of service members and bring the civilian and military closer together. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles W. Gaddis IV/Released)

150509-N-EC099-049 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 9, 2015) – Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Erik Chamberlain, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) prepares food during the 23rd Annual Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition. The Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition is held to increase the morale of service members and bring the civilian and military closer together. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles W. Gaddis IV/Released)

150509-N-EC099-049 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 9, 2015) – Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Erik Chamberlain, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) prepares food during the 23rd Annual Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition. The Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition is held to increase the morale of service members and bring the civilian and military closer together. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles W. Gaddis IV/Released)

150509-N-EC099-032 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 9, 2015) – Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Jamie Garnes, assigned to the ballistic missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN 741) prepares food during the 23rd Annual Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition. The Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition is held to increase the morale of service members and bring the civilian and military closer together. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles W. Gaddis IV/Released)

150509-N-EC099-032 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 9, 2015) – Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Jamie Garnes, assigned to the ballistic missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN 741) prepares food during the 23rd Annual Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition. The Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition is held to increase the morale of service members and bring the civilian and military closer together. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles W. Gaddis IV/Released)

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