Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

Emeril Cooks Up Soldier Recipes

Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

Emeril Cooks Up Soldier Recipes

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THE savory aroma of cedar-plank salmon, fire-roasted red pepper soup and other gourmet meals wafted about Fort Hamilton. N.Y., in early April. thanks to chef and TV personality Emeril Lagasse.

During the filming at Manhattan's Chelsea Market of "Emeril's Army-Navy Cookoff," about 30 Fort Hamilton Soldiers and family members watched Mr. Lagasse prepare meals based on recipes created by the winners of the cookoff, among whom was Chief Warrant Officer 4 Travis Smith of the Korea-based 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command.

The 60-minute show will air at 8 p.m. (ET) June 29 on the Food Network, and will feature three Army and three Navy winners of Emeril's Military Recipe Contest. The contest attracted hundreds of entries from U.S. service personnel from as far away as Kuwait and South Korea.

The program will be followed at 8 p.m. June 30 by "Emeril's Military Contest" show. showcasing the talents of Air Force. Marine and Coast Guard military cookoff winners.

During the taping of the first program--which also featured musical interludes provided by the U.S. Army Blues Ensemble "Swamp Romp" and the Army Brass Quintet--Mr. Lagasse cooked up the winning recipes with much advice from the military chefs.

And, as always, Mr. Lagasse's high-energy presentation kept his audience fully engaged.

"The show was really fun," said Spc. Jessenia Oyola, one of five Soldiers from the Fort Hamilton-based Joint Task Force Empire Shield MTA who sat a few rows from the stage as flavors filled the air. …

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