The Joint Culinary Training Exercise held in Fort Lee, Virginia is the largest military culinary competition in North America. With multiple categories to compete in, all branches of the military participate.

Try making a 4-course meal under 850 calories!

These competitions are tough! 200 of the top military chefs, across the joint force in the international military community, compete in this event sponsored by the American Culinary Federation. They concentrate greatly on nutrition, which is a key component in keeping our military strong and healthy. Nutrition also boosts morale. These competitions promote readiness and military excellence as the participants practice teamwork in timed exercises.

Learn what it’s like to cook at a “one of a kind restaurant that travels the globe” in this segment of Hometown Heroes! (I’d sure love to be the one that gets to taste test!)