• U.S. Soldiers with the Hawaii Culinary Team prepare dishes for the Field Competition in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary Competition

    U.S. Soldiers with the Hawaii Culinary Team prepare dishes for the Field Competition in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition. (U.S. Army...

  • Dishes sit on display prepared by the Hawaii Culinary Team during the Student Team Skills Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Military Culinary Arts Competition

    Dishes sit on display prepared by the Hawaii Culinary Team during the Student Team Skills Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S...

  • The Hawaii Culinary Team prepares dessert plates for serving for the Field Competition in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary Competition

    The Hawaii Culinary Team prepares dessert plates for serving for the Field Competition in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition. (U.S. Army...

  • U.S. Navy Culinary Specialist 1st Class Paul Maloney with the Navy Culinary Team prepares his table for viewing in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Military Culinary Arts Competition

    U.S. Navy Culinary Specialist 1st Class Paul Maloney with the Navy Culinary Team prepares his table for viewing in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary...

  • Dishes on display prepared by USA Culinary Team, Canada Culinary Team, and German Culinary Team during the International 2-Chef Mystery Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Military Culinary Arts Competition

    Dishes on display prepared by USA Culinary Team, Canada Culinary Team, and German Culinary Team during the International 2-Chef Mystery Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the...

  • U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jacob Ballard with the Hawaii Culinary Team prepares dessert plates for serving for the Field Competition in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary Competition

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jacob Ballard with the Hawaii Culinary Team prepares dessert plates for serving for the Field Competition in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th...

  • Food display set by U.S. Soldiers with Fort Bragg Culinary Team is viewed by patrons and judges in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary Competition

    Food display set by U.S. Soldiers with Fort Bragg Culinary Team is viewed by patrons and judges in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition...

  • Culinary judges observe plates prepared by U.S. Soldiers with the Fort Stewart Culinary Team in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary Competition

    Culinary judges observe plates prepared by U.S. Soldiers with the Fort Stewart Culinary Team in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition. (U.S...

  • The German Army Culinary Team prepares a dish during a live demonstration in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary Competition

    The German Army Culinary Team prepares a dish during a live demonstration in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc...

  • Capt. Sara Reid prepares a dessert dish for the Practical and Contemporary Hot-Food Cooking and Patisserie Competition in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary Competition

    Capt. Sara Reid prepares a dessert dish for the Practical and Contemporary Hot-Food Cooking and Patisserie Competition in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual Military...

  • U.S. Soldiers with the Hawaii Culinary Team garnish plates for serving for the Field Competition in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary Competition

    U.S. Soldiers with the Hawaii Culinary Team garnish plates for serving for the Field Competition in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition...

  • U.S. Soldiers with the Fort Bragg Ice Sculpting Team carves ice during the Ice Carving portion of the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary Competition

    U.S. Soldiers with the Fort Bragg Ice Sculpting Team carves ice during the Ice Carving portion of the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during...

  • Spc. Arelle Cushionberry prepares a dessert dish for the Practical and Contemporary Hot-Food Cooking and Patisserie Competition in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary Competition

    Spc. Arelle Cushionberry prepares a dessert dish for the Practical and Contemporary Hot-Food Cooking and Patisserie Competition in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual...

  • Sgt. John Coffelt with the Korea Culinary Team sets plates for the Field Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary Competition

    Sgt. John Coffelt with the Korea Culinary Team sets plates for the Field Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo by...

  • Canada Culinary Team prepares ingredients in preparation for the International 2-Chef Mystery Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary competition

    Canada Culinary Team prepares ingredients in preparation for the International 2-Chef Mystery Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition...

  • U.S. Soldiers with the Pentagon Culinary Team and U.S. Navy Seaman Apprentice Graham McAuley work together to place a centerpiece on a display table in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary competition

    U.S. Soldiers with the Pentagon Culinary Team and U.S. Navy Seaman Apprentice Graham McAuley work together to place a centerpiece on a display table in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the...

  • A dessert dish prepared by a competitor on the Navy Culinary Team is on display for judging in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary competition

    A dessert dish prepared by a competitor on the Navy Culinary Team is on display for judging in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo...

  • The Pentagon Culinary Team's display table is viewed by judges and patrons during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary competition

    The Pentagon Culinary Team's display table is viewed by judges and patrons during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military...

  • Several dishes are on display for judging prepared by a competitors on the Pentagon Culinary Team in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary competition

    Several dishes are on display for judging prepared by a competitors on the Pentagon Culinary Team in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army...

  • Culinary judges judge dishes and the display table prepared by the Pentagon Culinary Team during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary competition

    Culinary judges judge dishes and the display table prepared by the Pentagon Culinary Team during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th...

  • U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Edward Fuchs prepares crab to be cooked during the Field Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary competition

    U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Edward Fuchs prepares crab to be cooked during the Field Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary...

  • Mr. Chris Dunn, a Campbells soup company worker, prepares dishes for a soup station during 37th Annual Military Culinary competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary competition

    Mr. Chris Dunn, a Campbells soup company worker, prepares dishes for a soup station during 37th Annual Military Culinary competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual...

  • Sgt. Maj. Mark Morgan with the USA Culinary Team searches for ingredients in preparation for the International 2-Chef Mystery Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary competition

    Sgt. Maj. Mark Morgan with the USA Culinary Team searches for ingredients in preparation for the International 2-Chef Mystery Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual...

  • U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Katie Heitman mixes ingredients for a dessert dish during the Field Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary competition

    U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Katie Heitman mixes ingredients for a dessert dish during the Field Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary...

  • USA Culinary Team members and Canada Culinary Team members prepare ingredients for the International 2-Chef Mystery Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary competition

    USA Culinary Team members and Canada Culinary Team members prepare ingredients for the International 2-Chef Mystery Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military...

  • U.S. Army Spc. David Navarro with 10th Mountain Division shapes pieces for a display cake during a Cake Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary competition

    U.S. Army Spc. David Navarro with 10th Mountain Division shapes pieces for a display cake during a Cake Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary...

  • U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Mark Morgan with the USA Culinary Team sets plates during the International 2-Chef Mystery Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary competition

    U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Mark Morgan with the USA Culinary Team sets plates during the International 2-Chef Mystery Competition in Fort Lee, Va., February 29, 2012. All military branches competed in several categories during the 37th Annual Military...

  • Patrons and military personnel fill the dinning area during the Field Competition between the Hawaii and USAREUR Culinary Teams and in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. The field cooking event is open to the public each day. All military branches participated in various culinary categories during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daneille Hendrix)

    37th Annual Military Culinary Competition

    Patrons and military personnel fill the dinning area during the Field Competition between the Hawaii and USAREUR Culinary Teams and in Fort Lee, Va., March 01, 2012. The field cooking event is open to the public each day. All military branches...

FORT LEE, Va. -- The chainsaws are buzzing, the flames are rising and the pans are sizzling at the 37th Military Culinary Arts Competition, which is underway through March 7 at the Post Field House.

More than 300 Armed Forces chefs from military installations around the world are battling for top honors hoping they have the winning recipe for success. This American Culinary Federation sanctioned competition features more than 600 judged events in a variety of categories.

"The competition is designed to train and improve the overall level of food service professionalism," said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Russell Campbell, chief, Advanced Food Service Training Division, Joint Culinary Center of Excellence. JCCoE is part of the U.S. Army Quartermaster School, Combined Arms Support Command. The QM School trains and educates Soldiers, Civilians and members of other services and nations in quartermaster skills and functions.

Participation in the culinary competition is open to active-duty members of all services, Department of Defense Civilians, and U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard personnel. Some of the Army teams currently competing are representing Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, Fort Drum, Fort Bragg, Korea, Hawaii, the Pentagon, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Joint Base Lewis-McCord and the Reserve component. Teams are also participating from the Marines, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard.

Throughout the competition, military culinarians demonstrate their talents in preparing hot foods, cold buffets, pastries and chocolate works of art to earn individual and team bronze, silver and gold medals. Categories include field cooking, nutritional hot food challenge, ice carving, culinary knowledge bowl, practical cooking and pastry, team buffet and showpieces.

For the latest medal counts and updates on the competition, visit the Advanced Food Service Training Division's Facebook Fanpage at www.facebook.com/Army.Culinary. Portions of the competition are being broadcast live on the fanpage every day.

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