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Army Vs. Navy Cook-Off


Harrisburg, PA – On Thursday Team Army claimed victory during the Army vs. Navy Cook-Off on the PA Preferred™ Culinary Connection Stage during the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show.

The fourth annual culinary competition anchored Military, Veterans and their Families Day, a full day of events honoring veterans for their service to our country, which also included demonstrations

Army Sergeant Curtis A. Campbell, Culinary Specialist at the Army Executive Dining Facility enlisted the aid of WGAL Channel 8 morning reporters Shannon Murphy and Corinne Lillis. The Army team was pitted against U.S. Navy Chief Culinary Specialist (Surface Warfare/Aviation Warfare) Chief Frederic M. Gilmore and his teammates, Ali Lanyon and James Crummel of WHTM abc27, in an Iron Chef-style cook-off.

Teams were given a bag of mystery ingredients, and 30 minutes to prepare and plate dishes using PA Preferred®, Pennsylvania-grown, locally sourced items.

Air Force Veteran Troy Jochem of Hope Hill Lavender Farm, and Marine Veteran John Plasterer from Shad Stone Farm, both Homegrown By Heroes members, judged the event. They were joined by Barry Crumlich, Executive Chef at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence; John Moeller, Owner and Executive Chef at Greenfield Restaurant and Bar in Lancaster, author of “Dining at the White House – From the President’s Table to Yours”; and Comcast’s Keystone Region Senior Director of Customer Care Greg Magee.

The event was sponsored by American Dairy Association Northeast, Comcast NBCUniversal, Thermador, Weis, and PA Preferred™.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to our capital city every year for a mid-winter celebration of Pennsylvania agriculture. We are proud to host the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, featuring nearly 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibits and hundreds of educational and entertaining events every year.

Our state fair showcases the diversity of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and the people who make it thrive. The show offers visitors a peek into the industry that employs nearly half a million people and contributes $135.7 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy every year.

For more information about the 2019 Farm Show, visit


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