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The 15th Military Culinary Competition (MCC)

September 28-29, 2018
DC Mayor's Office Video from 2017 Competition

Las Vegas Review Journal 2016

See historic interviews talking about how we started - The Grill Sergeant on the Pentagon Channel in 2009 talks to Founder Ed Manley, co-chair Jesse Camacho and 11-year White House Chef Walter Scheib (Walter drowned in a hiking accident in 2015.

Ed Manley Jesse Camacho Chef Walter Scheib

*Stars and Stripes does 2012 interview with event co-chair about how we found a home at Marine Barracks in 2007. 
Jesse Camacho, MGySgt, USMC (Ret)

See the photos from the 2017 Military Culinary Competition

Congratulations to to the 2017 winning team from the White House - CS2 Jose Juarez, SSgt Dustin Lewis, CS1 Thomas Keller & SFC Justin Gonzalez. 

2nd place was the Vice Chief of Naval Opearations - CS1 Frederic Gilmore, SGT Judy Luna, CSC Adam Shiflett and SGT John Densham. 

3rd Place was the Coast Guard with the Secretary of Homeland Security Executive Dining Room - CS1 Justin Pearl, CS1 Scott Jeffries, CS1 Jason Rohrs, CS2 Ben Stockman.   (Note USCG changed their rating designators to match the Navy).

In round 1, the high score among the 13 teams was the IFSEA student branch at SUNY Delhi - Jerusaline Johnson, Jessica Shults, Carly Yezzo, Nick Policastro and Advisor Sean Pehrsson.  
Thanks to the IFSEA Kae deBrent Hodges Fund for cover student travel and the $500 prize for best student branch; they beat an also wonderful branch from U. of Maryland, Eastern Shore.

This event coordinates with the Barracks Row Fall Festival, which attracts more than 10,000 people to 8th Street outside of the Marine Barracks and home of the Commandant. Prizes include $1,000 for each team member in first place, $500 each for second, and $250 each for third, as well as medals for each winner.

Preliminary information Competition 2017

Culinary Competition Photos, Videos and History

The 15th Enlisted Aide of the Year Award (EAOY)

November 13-14, 2017

The Metro-DC USO Salute to Military Chef's Dinner is magical, hosted by the very best, Elaine Rogers.  Chefs from the top spots in DC work with the Ritz-Carlton Chef to produce the dinner.  The WWE's Mark Henry and Chef Robert Irvine play key roles.

 Lots of photos provided by the USO

Ed Manley speaks - 2017 Enlisted Aide of the Year

The highlight of that evening is the presentation of the

Veteran's Support Network's Enlisted Aide of the Year Award.
MSG Scott Strippoli won, tying Army with Coast Guard, winning 4 times, Marines won 3x, Navy and Air Force 2x.  In the slider photo (l-r) USO Metro DC President Elaine Rogers, Founder Ed Manley, AF EAOY Jeff Fritz, Navy EAOY Frida Karani, USCG Command Aide Mason Champlin, USMC Marine Aide Jeffrey Mathews, WWE's Mark Henry, Chef Robert Irvine, Ecolab's Jack Kleckner, EAOY Army's Scott Strippoli, Board mbr. Jesse Camacho, Hobart's Richard Hynes.  Winners, organizers and sponsors.


This event takes place at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City. It is held in conjunction with the USO Salute to Military Chefs and is supported by the WWE. This can be a big deal for enlisted servicepersons' careers. Prizes include $1,000 for the Enlisted Aide of the Year and $500 each for service winners, along with a WWE Title belt.

Enlisted Aide Competition History

Enlisted Aide Competition 2017