News Icon

News: Cherry Point names first chef of quarter

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler J. BolkenSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

Cherry Point names new chef of quarter Sgt. Tyler J. Bolken

Lt. Col. Samuel P. Mowery, right, presents Lance Cpl. Jose A. Santiago the first-place trophy for Cherry Point’s first chef of the quarter competition of the fiscal year at the Cherry Point Mess Hall Dec. 9. “The food was excellent, and both competitors did a great job,” said Mowery, the commanding officer of Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron here. Santiago is a food service specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 274.

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marine food service specialists competed in a chef of the quarter competition at the Cherry Point Mess Hall Dec. 9.

The two competitors, both with Marine Wing Support Squadron 274, referred to the competition as the battle of the islands, since their dishes were inspired by their Puerto Rican and Haitian heritages.

“We’re Caribbean brothers,” joked Lance Cpl. Jose A. Santiago, who won the competition with a Puerto Rican-themed dish, consisting of seasoned pork chops, calico corn, steamed rice and apple crisp for dessert. To wash it down, Santiago served non-alcoholic Pina Coladas, which the judges indulged in.

“It was a good addition to the presentation,” said Cpl. Josh R. Tate, who was one of the three judges. Tate, an administrative clerk at the station adjutant’s office added, “Both dishes were full of flavor, and I’d eat them again.”

The competitors were judged on their preparation, presentation and overall taste of their food, explained Cpl. Deshonda N. Curtis, the assistant training noncommissioned officer of the mess hall.

Santiago said he felt relaxed during the competition because of his training and the fact that he learned to cook at a young age.

The second place dish had a Haitian twist, consisting of chicken, vegetable stir fry, dumplings and devil’s food cake, which was all prepared by Lance Cpl. Rashaad S. Riboul.

“The more chocolate the better,” said Riboul. “Everybody loves chocolate.”

With the contestants preparing a variety of foods, Curtis and the Marines stressed the importance of time management.

“Time management, time management, time management,” said Riboul. “That’s really what this job is all about.”

Curtis did her best to make sure they didn’t stress-out too much. She helped them with ordering their food, preparing their uniforms and getting all the proper table settings they needed.

“It’s about the Marines getting an opportunity to show what they can do and be rewarded for it,” Curtis explained. “It’s also a great way for the Marines to build their confidence.”

Both Marines said they took satisfaction in seeing the guests and judges enjoy the food they prepared.

Lt. Col. Samuel P. Mowery, the commanding officer of Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, and guest of honor, presented the Marines with their respective trophies.

“The food was excellent and both competitors did a great job,” added Mowery.


Connected Media
ImagesCherry Point names...
Lt. Col. Samuel P. Mowery, right, presents Lance Cpl....
ImagesCherry Point names...
Lance Cpl. Jose A. Santiago glazes apple crisp for the...
ImagesCherry Point names...
Lance Cpl. Rashaad S. Riboul, front, places a cherry on...


Web Views
44
Downloads
3

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, Cherry Point names first chef of quarter, by Sgt Tyler J. Bolken, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:12.09.2010

Date Posted:12.17.2010 10:56

Location:MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, NC, USGlobe

More Like This

  • Throughout the year, chefs have battled in the Chef of the Quarter competitions for a chance to participate in the annual Cherry Point Chef of the Year competition.
  • Three food service specialists faced off Sept. 26 in the chef of the quarter competition on Cherry Point.
  • Three Marine chefs chopped, sautéed and baked their way toward the title of Chef of the Quarter at the Cherry Point mess hall Jan. 10.
  • Cherry Point’s finest food service specialists brought the heat to compete for the coveted title of Chef of the Quarter at the Mess Hall here Thursday.

News Tags

No tags found.

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr