CAF culinary team wins silver at international competition

Three military cooks
The Canadian Armed Forces team at the Joint Culinary Training Exercise in Fort Lee, Virginia. Photo: The Courier

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RCAF Public Affairs – The Courier

Canada won silver at the U.S. Army 43rd Annual Joint Culinary Training Exercise (JCTE) held in Fort Lee, Virginia.

Corporal Melissa Miller, a chief cook from 19 Maintenance Support Section at 19 Wing Comox; Leading Seaman Dustin Vickers, a cook from CFB Halifax; and cook Corporal Jordan Hoare, from 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa participated in the competition in March.

The three were supported by team manager CPO2 Thomas Dalling, of Director Personnel Generation Requirements in Ottawa, with pre-training coaches WO Chiu Tsang, a chief cook with 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Edmonton, and Sgt Jean Louis Lassonde, from Canadian Forces Logistics Training Centre at CFB Borden.

The Canadian cooks competed against cooks from France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. This year’s exercise showcased the talents of 237 military chefs from all military services around the globe.

“It’s an honor and privilege to speak to you today,” said Lieutenant-General Aundre F. Piggee, Deputy Chief of Staff at Pentagon, at the awards ceremony, adding “I wish I could have spent more time [at JCTE]; I looked online and my mouth was watering. It is great to see all the services and our coalition partners. Nothing we do on the battlefield is alone; we do it together.”

Chefs were judged based on American Culinary Federation guidelines – they were not competing against each other but against industry standards. Those who exceeded industry standards were awarded medals, with a total of 56 gold medals, 135 silver medals and 141 bronze medals being presented.

The exercise, administered by the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence, is the largest U.S. Culinary Federation-sanctioned competition in North America.

(With files from Dani Johnson, Combined Arms Support Command Public Affairs, Fort Lee, Virginia.)

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