Bamberg, Germany -- Every year food service Soldiers across the Army attempt to earn a coveted spot on their installation's culinary arts team. Only the best of the best are selected to represent their unit, post and region.

Two culinary warriors from the 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, were selected as members of the U.S. Army Europe and Installation Management Command-Europe Culinary Arts Team; Staff Sgt. Jason Coy of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 16th Special Troops Battalion, 16th Sust. Bde, and Spc. Joe Evans with the 23rd Ordnance Company, 18th Combat Sust. Support Battalion, 16th Sust. Brigade.

During this year's annual U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition Feb. 25-March 7 at Fort Lee, Va., both Soldiers served in lead roles on the team. Coy served as the team manager, and Evans competed in the field cooking and student team skills competitions as well as the mystery basket professional .

The USAREUR / IMCOM-E Culinary Arts Team earned 1 silver and 18 bronze medals at the event. Coy earned a bronze medal in the field cooking competition. Evans earned 3 bronze medals; one in the field cooking competition, one student team skills competition and one in the mystery basket professional.

"As leaders we should challenge ourselves, and this competition provided the canvas for showcasing the skills of an Army Food Service Soldier," said Coy about the competition.
The Army-wide culinary arts competition provides recognition for excellence in culinary skills and is an incentive for competitive programs of Major Army Commands in food service.