Three culinary specialists battle for the title of "Top Chef of the Quarter"

by Andersen Air Force Base
U.S. Air Force

Three of team Andersen's culinary specialists battled behind the scenes at Magellan Inn Dining Facility March 8, for the title of Team Andersen's "Top Chef of the Quarter."

The competition challenged the young chefs to create a two-course, Italian-themed meal including ingredients contained in a "mystery box." This quarter's box included dill cheese, an apple, white-wine vinegar, porcini mushrooms and European chocolate spread.

Congratulations to Senior Airman Caroline Spellen, food service supervisor with the 36th Force Support Squadron, who wowed the judges with an Italian stuffed Porchetta, featuring spices from her own garden, bacon-wrapped asparagus and Caprese Portobello with a balsamic glaze -- accompanied by a chocolate crêpe and decorative fruit accents.

With her victory, Spellen not only earned bragging rights among her team, but also an internship at a renowned local Hotel-Resort kitchen, offering her the opportunity to learn new tips and tricks from local chefs.

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