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April 20, 2012 / iDriveWarships

Surface Officers’ Spouses of San Diego Hosts Inaugural Waterfront Chef Challenge

There is much talent to be found among the Culinary Specialists serving meals aboard Navy ships across the fleet. And let’s face it; a good chef is an invaluable resource to have during a deployment lasting several months.

To put these impressive skills to the test (and raise money for a good cause), the Surface Officers’ Spouses of San Diego organized the inaugural Waterfront Chef Challenge on April 20. Culinary Specialists from several ships will be placed into four teams, each using a different protein, to prepare samples for over 100 attendees.

Judging the chef’s talent will be two highly acclaimed chefs and an admiral with over 30 years of experience eating aboard Navy ships around the world.

Meet the Judges:

Well-known for his appearance on Bravo TV’s Top Chef (season 3), Brian Malarkey is now the executive chef of five popular restaurants in and around San Diego. Searsucker, Burlap, Gingham, Gabardine and Herringbone are all restaurants established by the local celebrity.

Getting his culinary start in the mess decks of two Navy aircraft carriers, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Chef Chad White has since moved on to the kitchens of several San Diego restaurants. He is currently the owner of Sea Rocket Bistro and Executive Chef/Partner at Gabardine.

No stranger to Navy cuisine, Vice Admiral Richard Hunt  from Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet has developed a palate for the staple meals prepared while underway on the high seas.

All proceeds from the competition will benefit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. Click here for more information or to buy tickets.

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