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Army and Navy Battle for Culinary Superiority at 106th PA Farm Show Cook-Off


Harrisburg, PA - Today Team Navy claimed victory during the Army v. Navy Cook-Off on the PA Preferred® Culinary Connection Stage at the 106th Pennsylvania Farm Show with celebrity guest Chef Robert Irvine as emcee.

The sixth culinary competition was the centerpiece of Military Appreciation Day, honoring veterans for their service to our country.

CS2 Louis Lubin of the U.S. Navy enlisted the aid of Paola Tristan Arruda and Jeremy Jenkins from WGAL Channel 8. The Navy team was pitted against SPC Jennifer Payan of the U.S. Army and her teammates, Ali Lanyon and Dan Tomaso from ABC27 in an Iron Chef-style cook-off.

Teams were given 30 minutes to prepare the most appealing dish, utilizing PA Preferred® sourced ingredients. Each team received a bin with ingredients including proteins, starches, vegetables and a common pantry of ingredients including basic grocery items, spices and herbs to work with. Teams were tasked with preparing 4 plates, one for each judge. The teams worked from 4-burner induction cooktops outfitted with appliances and cookware.

Final dishes were evaluated by judges Barry Crumlich, Executive Chef at PA Governor's Residence, John Moeller, former White House Chef and Author of "Dining at the White House - From the President's Table to Yours", Brigadier General (PA) Maureen Weigl, Deputy Adjutant General for Veterans Affairs, PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and Greg Magee Jr., Regional Vice President, Customer Care, Northeast Division-Keystone Region for Comcast NBCUniversal.

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Note: High resolution photos and captions from today's events can be downloaded from the Pennsylvania Farm Show Flickr page and attributed to the PA Department of Agriculture.

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