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Navy wins over Army in annual cook-off at PA Farm Show


Harrisburg, PA – Team Navy claimed victory during the Army v. Navy Cook-Off on the PA Preferred® Culinary Connection Stage at the 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show.

The fifth annual culinary competition was the centerpiece of Military, Veterans and their Families Day, a full day of events honoring veterans for their service to our country. Navy Culinary Specialist First Class Marlon O’Neil Haughton enlisted the aid of Corinne Lillis and Shannon Murphy from WGAL Channel 8.

The Navy team was pitted against Army SGT Pete O. Linton, Advanced Culinary NCO at the Army Executive Dining Facility and his teammates, Ali Lanyon and James Crummel 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 – 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”, Greg Magee Jr., Regional Vice President, Customer Care, Northeast Division-Keystone Region for Comcast NBCUniversal, and Sarah Dachos, Deputy Director at Farmer Veteran Coalition.

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

Visitors get a peek into the industry that employs nearly half a million people and contributes $135.7 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy every year.

The 2020 show runs January 4-11 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except Sunday, January 5, when it runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, January 11, when it opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

For more information about the 2020 show, visit www.farmshow.pa.gov.