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At the conclusion of the competition, Lt. Col Steven J. Himelspach, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron executive officer, awards Lance Cpl. Hanna Block the 1st place trophy and a garnish tool kit.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Andrea C. Dickerson

Marines test their culinary skills during competition

10 Nov 2011 | Lance Cpl. Andrea C. Dickerson

Cherry Point’s finest food service specialists brought the heat against each other to win the coveted title of Chef of the Quarter at the Mess Hall here Thursday.

The chefs selected to participate in this year’s competition were Cpl. Louis Bradley and Lance Cpls. Isaiah Arroyo and Hanna Block. These Marines were chosen after undergoing a rigorous series of written tests and verbal boards.

The chefs were given approximately a month to prepare a tasting menu, practice preparation of their dishes and put the finishing touches on their creations. The chefs put their skills to the test during this time period to prove that they are proficient in their military occupational specialty.

“The toughest part of this competition is the food preparation. I spent six or seven hours preparing the food yesterday,” said Block.

On judging day, the Marines brought their “A-game” to wow the judging panel and several other Marines that took part in enjoying the chow made for the competition. Shirley Gillyard, Distribution Management Office’s distribution manager; Master Gunnery Sgt. Candido Bueno, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing administration chief; and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joshua Smith, range officer in charge, judged the event.

At the end, there could only be one winner. Block was awarded the honors of being Chef of the Quarter. Along with the title she also received a garnish tool kit and a trophy.

“I now have an accomplishment,” Block said. “I’ve proven to other Marines that I can cook.”

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point