Annual Culinary Training Exercise returns to Fort Lee March 9-14

By: Contributed Report | Twitter: @PGJournal
Posted: March 5, 2019 | 12:30 p.m.

FORT LEE – The 44th Annual Joint Culinary Training Exercise will be held at MacLaughlin Fitness Center on Fort Lee March 9 – 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The annual military culinary competitive event, free and open to the public, administered by the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence, is the largest American Culinary Federation (ACF)-sanctioned culinary competition in North America, showcasing the talent of more than 200 military chefs from around the globe in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and international military teams.

This year’s events include the student chef of the year, student team of the year, nutrition hot food challenge, table displays, live cooking events, and the military hot food kitchen challenge. The international challenge and military master’s competitions will be held Mar. 14.

Competing service members are afforded the opportunity to earn ACF certifications, a recognized industry-standard credential. These credentials help the chefs provide better service to their customers in the dining facilities, as well as acceptance in the civilian sector when the service member transitions out of the military.  

The event schedule will be available closer to the opening date. For those wishing to try the Military Hot Food Kitchen lunch meal, there are limited tickets available per team, with teams competing each day. The tickets are currently $5.60 (subject to change), same as a dining facility meal ticket, and are sold on a first-come, first served basis. Tickets will go on sale at 10:30 a.m. each day, and the meal starts at 11:30 a.m. 

For more information call 804-734-3106 or visit

 The McLaughlin Fitness Center is a half mile from the Lee Gate on Lee Avenue. Follow signs for parking.

 Access for non-Department of Defense identification card holders to show a current driver’s license or government-issued identification card, which will be subject to a background check before being allowed to enter the installation unescorted. Per Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 and Army Regulation 190-13, all persons age 18 and over desiring unescorted access to Fort Lee, must be vetted through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). NCIC is the Army’s baseline background check for entrance onto Army installations for non-military or federal ID holders.

The installation commander will, in the absence of an approved waiver, deny unescorted access to the installation based on the results of the NCIC check that contains credible derogatory information indicating the individual may present a threat to good order, discipline, or health and safety on the installation. For more information, visit

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