November 18, 2008
By Elizabeth M. Collins
Chef Roberto Donna chose vegetable-manicotti and grilled-chicken MREs for his challenge.
Bon Appetito! Chef Roberto Donna encourages Sgt. 1st Class Randy Randolph and Sgt. Ashleigh Torres to enjoy his Mission: MRE creations.
Chef Roberto DonnaAca,!a,,cs MRE dessert: a caramel apple Ranger bar in a chocolate hazelnut sauce with M&Ms and a crunchy peanut butter topping, which received two Army stars.
Chef Roberto DonnaAca,!a,,cs MRE dessert: lemon poppy-seed cake with fig marmalade and orange sauce, which received four Army stars.
Chef Roberto DonnaAca,!a,,cs MRE vegetable manicotti in a tomato and sausage ragout with breaded topping, which received three Army stars.
Chef Roberto DonnaAca,!a,,cs MRE chicken parmesan in a tomato sauce over garlic bread, which received four Army stars.
Chef Roberto Donna puts the finishing touches on his chicken parmesan, made from a grilled-chicken MRE.
Chef Roberto Donna turns MRE flatbread into toasted garlic bread to accompany his chicken parmesan.
Chef Roberto Donna tops his MRE vegetable manicotti with sauce and pork ragout.
Chef Roberto Donna adds fig preserves to an MRE poppy-seed cake.
Ana Allen of Soldiers Radio and Television looks on as Chef Roberto Donna smells the sauce he made for a Mission: MRE dish.
Sous Chef Claudio Sandri sautAfAes garlic and tomato puree to make a sauce for the manicotti during Mission: MRE.
According to Chef Roberto Donna, the vegetable manicotti wasnAca,!a,,ct too bad, similar to what can be found in any supermarket. It just needed some texture and the flavor found in garlic and pork sausage.
Chef Roberto Donna (center) and Sous Chef Claudio Sandri go through one of their MREs as Soldiers Radio and Television’s Ana Allen looks on. The chefs didn’t know all of the ingredients in the MREs until the mission started. Then they had 30...
Chef Roberto Donna was allowed to use unlimited herbs and spices during Mission: MRE and could pick five additional ingredients.
Chef Roberto Donna waits to begin Mission: MRE in his kitchen at Bebo Trattoria in Arlington, Va.
Sgt. 1st Class Randy Randolph and Sgt. Ashleigh Torres of Soldiers Radio and Television rate their gourmet MRE meals.