LOS ANGELES - The first annual “Galley Wars” cooking competition kicked off on board the Battleship USS Iowa Museum Sept. 1 during Los Angeles Fleet Week.
The steel beach style competition challenged 4 teams to create their own unique style of hamburger along with two side dishes and a dessert.
Culinary specialists from USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) squared off with their counterparts from the USS America (LHA 6), USS Champion (MCM 4) and Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles.
Judges for the competition were Rear Adm. James S. Bynum, commander, Carrier Strike Group 9; Chef Mei Lin, winner of Bravo TV’s Top Chef Season 12; and Chef Steve Samson, founder of LA’s award winning Sotto Restaurant.
As the competition took off, competitors fired up their grills and began putting together their culinary masterpieces. Wayne E. Meyer’s team decided to prepare an Adobo style hamburger following the popular traditional Filipino recipe. Culinary Specialist First Class Danilo Aungon and Culinary Specialist First Class Filmar Roguel, both originally from the Philippines, decided that it would be a unique recipe that would surprise all three judges.
“It’s a different taste that most people are not used to, we are sure that the judges are going to love it,” said Aungon during the competition.
After the judges tasted each team’s dishes, and following much deliberation, Chef Mei Lin pronounced the Wayne E. Meyer team as the winner of the first annual “Galley Wars” cook off.
In recognition of their victory, the Wayne E. Meyer team was presented an engraved spatula by Rear Adm. Bynum.