Monday, September 20, 2010

Military Culinary Competition: Meet Paul Maloney

Join me on Saturday, September 25, 2010, at the Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  for the Military Culinary Competition.  Throughout the week, I'll be highlighting some of the amazing competitors.  Meet CFS1 (Culinary Specialist First Class) Paul Maloney.  

Paul has been in the Navy for 13 and a half years.  He and another CS1 just took second place in a Freedom Challenge at the national ACF convention last month, it was quite a big deal.  This is his first time competing in the Military Culinary Competition.  He is the personal chef in the home of VADM (Vice Admiral) Barry McCullough.  There have always been 9 "Fleets" - like the 6th Fleet is in Europe.  They just established the 10th Fleet, which isn't a fleet at all, it is in charge of cyberspace for the Navy, and VADM McCullough is in charge of that.  

Favorite ingredient?
  • A favorite ingredient of mine is fresh basil, or good vine ripened tomatoes
Favorie cookbook?
  • Recently I have been really enjoying Thomas Kellers books
Favorite comfort foods?
  • Authentic Philly cheese steak and fire burning brick oven pizza
Free time?
  • Practice cooking for competitions, study, play Texas hold em poker
What's in your fridge?
  • Cold beer, red wine, fresh mozzarella
Favorite recipe?
Warm artichoke crostini
            -2 c mayo
             -2 cans marinated artichokes, drained, chopped
             - 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
             - 2 green onions sliced, and  2 tbsp diced red onion, salt pepper
         Combine all ingredients, spread on toasted baguette and heat in oven, serve warm, or
          serve cold as a spread.
MHA and Barracks Row are proud to sponsor the Military Culinary Competition held in conjunction with the fabulous and fun Fall Festival from 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..  The Cook-Off will feature a mystery box contest where military chefs (including White House, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Air Force chefs) open their boxes of ingredients and create a culinary masterpiece in tents complete with state-of-the-art ovens, right in front of your eyes on the midway. The winning team will take home the Military Top Chef Award, and $1,000 presented at 4:45 pm by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James Conway.

I'll be one of the judges for the competition along with Adam Shapiro, Managing Partner, Capital Grille DC, Exec Chef Jason Miller from the Wall Street Capital Grille, Exec Chef Teddy Folkman from Granville Moore’s, Chef John DeShetler from the Culinary Institute of America.

Joining General Conway to make the awards presentations will be the fabulous Redskins Cheerleaders, the Redskinettes and Miss DC. See  for schedules of cheerleaders, skydivers, and bands.

This urban street fair is held annually on Washington, DC’s oldest commercial corridor, 8th Street, SE, known as Barracks Row, between E Street, SE, and I Street, SE, one block from the Eastern Market Metro Plaza.  Right away you will be reminded of classic hometown American street fairs. There will be a midway with cotton candy; a petting zoo with llamas, lambs and rabbits; games for kids and a magic show; as well as antique cars and artists’ booths. Fair-goers can also grab a table at one of Barrack’s Row’s 30+ restaurants and watch this unique fair unfold!

A stage will be set up at the corner of 8th and G Streets, SE.  Bands will play fair music all day long and dancing is encouraged at the intersection. You will see Chesty XIII, the official mascot of the United States Marine Corps.  An English bulldog, Chesty will be there to pose for photos, and meet skydivers who will drop in about 5pm.

Paul Prudhomme, the Ragin’ Cajun Chef, will also be signing cookbooks only from 9 to 11 am at the Military Chef’s Cook-Off held during the fair.  

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