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"Oldest Post of the Corps"
Marines, civilians hold cook off

By Lance Cpl. Dan Hosack | Marine Barracks Washington | December 23, 2013

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Sgt. Matthew Phillips(middle left), food service Marine at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., and Cpl. Dominic Richburg(middle right), food service Marine at the Barracks, are presented 1st place during the Culinary Team of the Quarter Competition at the Barracks, Dec. 17. The event pitted the food service Marines against the civilian workers in a cookoff. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dan Hosack/Released)

Sgt. Matthew Phillips(middle left), food service Marine at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., and Cpl. Dominic Richburg(middle right), food service Marine at the Barracks, are presented 1st place during the Culinary Team of the Quarter Competition at the Barracks, Dec. 17. The event pitted the food service Marines against the civilian workers in a cookoff. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dan Hosack/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Dan Hosack)


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Lt. Col. Richard Kohler(left), commanding officer of the Marine Corps Food Service and Assistance Program, Sgt. Maj. Angela Maness(middle), Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. sergeant major, and Mr. Frank Alanis(right), contracting officer for the food service, sit as judges during the Culinary Team of the Quarter competition at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., Dec. 17. The event pitted the food service Marines against the civilian workers in a cookoff. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dan Hosack/Released)

Lt. Col. Richard Kohler(left), commanding officer of the Marine Corps Food Service and Assistance Program, Sgt. Maj. Angela Maness(middle), Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. sergeant major, and Mr. Frank Alanis(right), contracting officer for the food service, sit as judges during the Culinary Team of the Quarter competition at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., Dec. 17. The event pitted the food service Marines against the civilian workers in a cookoff. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dan Hosack/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Dan Hosack)


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The main course waits to be presented to the judges during the Culinary Team of the Quarter Competition at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., Dec. 17. The event pitted the food service Marines against the civilian workers in a cookoff. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dan Hosack/Released)

The main course waits to be presented to the judges during the Culinary Team of the Quarter Competition at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., Dec. 17. The event pitted the food service Marines against the civilian workers in a cookoff. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dan Hosack/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Dan Hosack)


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Cpl. Dominic Richburg, a food service Marine at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., presents a dish to Lt. Col. Richard Kohler, commanding officer of Marine Corps Food Service and Assistance Program, during the Culinary Team of the Quarter Competition at the Barracks, Dec. 17. The event pitted the food service Marines against the civilian workers in a cookoff. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dan Hosack/Released)

Cpl. Dominic Richburg, a food service Marine at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., presents a dish to Lt. Col. Richard Kohler, commanding officer of Marine Corps Food Service and Assistance Program, during the Culinary Team of the Quarter Competition at the Barracks, Dec. 17. The event pitted the food service Marines against the civilian workers in a cookoff. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dan Hosack/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Dan Hosack)


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A civilian food service worker at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. prepares food in the mess hall for the Marines, Dec. 17. The cooking is in preparation for the Culinary Team of the Quarter Competition at the Barracks. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dan Hosack/Released)

A civilian food service worker at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. prepares food in the mess hall for the Marines, Dec. 17. The cooking is in preparation for the Culinary Team of the Quarter Competition at the Barracks. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dan Hosack/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Dan Hosack)


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WASHINGTON, D.C. --

 Food service Marines and civilian cooks at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., held their first Culinary Team of the Quarter Competition in the mess hall at the Barracks, Dec. 17.

 The competition tested the teams’ culinary skills to see who could prepare a better meal.

 On the Marine team was Sgt. Matthew Phillips and Cpl. Dominic Richburg, food service Marines at the Barracks. The civilian team had Xavier Miles and Joann Parker, food service workers at the Barracks.

 The teams began preparing their meals at 6 a.m. Judging took place at noon.

 Chicken adobo, chicken breast with spinach sauce, a shrimp appetizer, soup and cake were a few of the items on the menu for the judges to decide on. The food was judged on appearance, taste and temperature.

 Judges were Sgt. Maj. Angela Maness, Barracks sergeant major; Lt. Col. Richard Kohler, commanding officer of Marine Corps Food Service and Assistance Program; and Mr. Frank Alanis, contracting officer representative. There was also a popular vote from Marines who eat at the mess hall.

 “It was delicious,” said Cpl. Vanessa Rocha, administrative clerk at the Barracks. “They should definitely have the competition again sometime.”

 The Marine team won the competition by a large margin, winning the vote of the judges and the mess hall patrons.

 “It was exhilarating,” said Richburg. “Going against one of the most distinguished chefs in the mess hall, and defeating him in the competition, creates a feeling of pride and accomplishment that cannot be matched against anything I’ve ever experienced.”

 The competition is held in various mess halls throughout the Corps. The Barracks mess hall plans to have another one of these competitions sometime in the future.



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