Fort Drum Soldiers Trade In Berets for Chef Hats

Fort Drum Soldiers Trade In Berets for Chef Hats

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These soldiers are just a few that put their cooking skills to the test when the Fort Drum Culinary Arts Team competed in the Joint Culinary Training Exercise at Fort Lee, Virginia last month.

"This was my first time doing it and I was kind of shaking a lot. I was nervous, but I came through at the end," said Spc. Johnny Simmons, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

The whole team did, winning 21 medals in a variety of competitions.

"I was on the five member team for the hot food challenge and we took first place overall. Also, I did the nutrition challenge and we took first overall for that one, too," said Spc. Huy Nguyen, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

Medals aren't the only things the soldiers brought back from the exercise. They say they'll be able use the skills they learned to help prepare meals on Fort Drum or help other soldiers do the same.

"We try to feed our soldiers nutritionally. So one of the skill levels is how to create great tasting food that's nutritionally balanced for our soldiers also," said Sgt. Joshua Hoyt, 10th Mountain Division Artillery.

And those skills get them a thumbs up and a reason to compete again.

"I'm definitely going to do it again next year. I love the whole atmosphere and learning, because every single time you do it, you learn something different," said Spc. Raysean Lewis, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

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