U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team Wins Gold at the 2010 Culinary World Cup

Dec 13, 2010, 06:00 ET from U.S. Army

FORT LEE, Va., Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Army Culinary Arts Team (USACAT), the national military culinary team, won a gold medal at the 2010 Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg for their cold food table, consisting of seven three-course meals prepared to be displayed cold. The team also won a bronze medal in the hot food competition and placed 6th overall in the international military category.

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The Culinary World Cup, hosted in Luxembourg every four years, showcases some of the best chefs in the world competing head-to-head in the kitchen. This year, USACAT competed against military culinary teams from seven different nations. Each competition was judged using standards set by the World Association of Chefs Society.

"After years of training, we are excited to take home a gold medal from this prestigious competition," said Chief Warrant Officer Russell Campbell, USACAT team manager. "The team was honored to represent the United States and proud to show off the U.S. Army's culinary skills."

This year also marked the first time a military service member competed on the American Culinary Federation's (ACF) national team, ACF Culinary Team USA. Army Master Sgt. Mark Morgan competed as the pastry chef on the team and helped the team win gold medals in both the hot and cold food competitions. Morgan is a USACAT member and senior enlisted aide to Gen. Martin Dempsey of the Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at Fort Monroe, Va.  

USACAT members train at the Quartermaster Center and School at Fort Lee, Va., which houses the leading food service training facility for all of the military. Each team member had to compete for a spot on the team and to participate in international competitions, such as the World Cup.

About U.S. Army Accessions Command (USAAC)

The U.S. Army Accessions Command (USAAC), a subordinate command of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, meets the human resource needs of the Army by transforming volunteers into officers, warrant officers, and enlisted Soldiers.  In providing the force, the 20,730 men and women of Accessions Command prepare these future Soldiers and leaders for their initial military training. Commanded by Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, USAAC is located at Fort Knox, Ky.

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