Photo Credit: T. Anthony Bell, Fort Lee Public Affairs Office
Sgt. Michelle Carville, enlisted aide for Maj. Gen. Bernie Champoux, the Army's chief of Legislative Liaison, earned two gold and three silver medals during the 34th U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, Va., Feb. 28 - March 13. She placed first in the Best in Class - Contemporary Cooking (Cat. K), and also won the Army Junior Enlisted Aide of the Year. Along with the award, she received a knife set, one week of culinary training at the Culinary Institute of America, and a chef jacket with her name and new title. This was the first year this event had been added to the competition. The candidates had to cook, prepare and serve a four-course meal of their choice. They also had a board appearance, a written exam, and a uniform practical exercise. The winner will attend the Connelly Award Ceremony located in Atlanta, Ga., in April. The winner will also go on to compete at the Department of Defense level Enlisted Aide of the Year Competition.
Carville was among 31 candidates to tryout for the U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team. The team is a U.S. National Military Culinary Team that competes at local, national and international culinary competitions. In 2008, she was part of the team earned 13 gold medals in the World Culinary Olympics and placed second overall. She joins 9 others to represent the team in 2009-2010 competitions, including the 2010 World Culinary Cup in Luxembourg City.