Hot Contest on the Go
Fort Lee's Staff Sgt. Joshua Spiess cooks up a flaming dish during the last moments of the Armed Forces Chef of the Year Competition March 3. The event was part of the 33rd U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition (photo by T. Anthony Bell)

Heat continues to rise at the 33rd U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition. Military culinarians from all services converged on Fort Lee Saturday to prepare for their events. Chefs gathered ingredients from stock rooms, scanned recipe books and began writing out menus.

Classroom tutorials were available from seasoned competitors on everything from chicken-cutting techniques to step-by-step advice on how to compete for chef of the year events.

The Army Center of Excellence, Subsistence launched the first event Monday with the Armed Forces Chef of the Year, followed up with the Junior Chef of the Year Tuesday. Top contenders for the Junior Chef of the Year are Spc. Brian Lippert, from Team Korea, and Spc. Cesar Sumauang, from Team Hawaii. Top contenders for the Armed Forces Chef of the Year are Sgt. Matthew Harris, Fort Bragg; Sgt. Steven Behr, Fort Carson; Food Service 2nd Class Edward Fuchs, U.S. Coast Guard; Staff Sgt. Joshua Spiess, Fort Lee; and Gunnery Sgt. William Allison, U.S. Marine Corps.

Wednesday’s U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team tryouts will determine who represents the Army at international Culinary Olympics competitions.

Today through Saturday, chefs will compete in contemporary cooking categories to produce a protein entree or dessert. Results will contribute to the installation of the year award, however individual military members and Civilians are also competing in different categories.

Concurrently, the field cooking competition takes chefs outdoors to test their skills inside mobile kitchen trailers through Sunday.

Next week, the public is invited to visit the Post Field House for live cooking events, culinary and ice carving demonstrations, Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and March 13, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Teams vying for installation of the year and individual military members will be recognized at an awards ceremony March 14 in Lewi Auditorium at Mifflin Hall.

A special edition of the Traveller will be available March 14 at the awards ceremony, the Quartermaster Center and School, ACES, and the Public Affairs Office.

Photos and results of the competition are updated daily and available at