Air Station mess hall competes for top spot

25 Oct 2012 | Lance Cpl. John Wilkes

The Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Mess Hall has been nominated to participate in the Maj. Gen. W.P.T Hill Competition for Food Service Excellence, Oct. 26.

The competition was established in 1985 to improve food service operations and recognize the best mess halls in the Marine Corps. Competitors are judged on areas such as operations, sanitation, taste and quality of food.

“We have been selected because of our performance in this year’s Chef of the Quarter Competitions,” said Sgt. Kenya Hubbard, mess hall quality assurance evaluator. “This year we have beat Parris Island in all three quarterly competitions.”

The Chef of the Quarter Competition is judged in a similar way to the Maj. Gen. W.P.T. Hill Competition.

“In both competitions, food is judged on presentation, taste, temperature and more,” said Sgt. Tracy Schuster, mess hall quality assurance evaluator. “However, the Maj. Gen. W.P.T. Hill Competition examines the mess hall as a whole.”

At the conclusion of the competition, a select few members from the top mess halls in each category travel to Chicago for an awards ceremony.

“The mess hall has undergone numerous changes from kitchen equipment to a new menu and décor,” Schuster said. “We are very confident that we will come out on top.”