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Sailors represent region Navy in culinary arts competition

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Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (AW/SW) Levett Ruffin, left, and Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Brian Meilicke prepare a meal together during a culinary arts competition in Washington D.C., June 24. Ruffin and Meilicke placed third overall in the cook-off.

Two Sailors from Naval Station Everett were sent to Washington D.C. to represent Navy Region Northwest in the Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) culinary arts competition for ashore galleys, June 21-25.

Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Levett Ruffin and Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Brian Meilicke placed third in the competition.

“We placed third overall, which is pretty good since second place was a Senior Chief that works at the White House and first place was a Chief being sent to the Pentagon,” said Meilicke.

Before going to Washington D.C., Ruffin and Meilicke were part of the winning team in the joint force regional culinary arts competition at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island last April

“They volunteered here to go to the regional competition and won first place,” said Chief Culinary Specialist (SCW) Bruce Broome. “So that got them in the CNIC competition.”

Two man teams from eight different regions Navy-wide participated in the CNIC cook-off. They arrived in Washington D.C. June 21 and spent the first few days touring the city and learning naval history and new culinary arts techniques.

The evening of June 24 they finally went head to head in an intense two-hour cook-off. They were instructed to prepare a meal that included soup, salad and an entrée with the secret ingredient, maple syrup. The teams were judged in several areas including the quality of the meal, practicing good cleanliness, and knife etiquette.

“It went real smooth, we had good teamwork and we had fun which is the most important thing,” Ruffin said.

Ruffin also said he felt they did well overall considering they were competing against senior leadership.

“They’re a couple of my top performers here,” said Broome. “I can’t even describe how I feel. I’m absolutely proud of them.”

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