Coast Guard cooks graduate from Culinary Institute of Va.

NORFOLK, Va. – A select group of Coast Guard food service specialists from around the nation graduated an advanced culinary course at the Culinary Institute of Virginia in Norfolk Friday.

Mike Morphew, director of culinary education at the institute; Rear Adm. Mark J. Tedesco, the Coast Guard’s chief medical officer and director of health, safety and work-life; along with Master Chief Petty Officer Philip A. Garrett, the food service specialist’s rating force master chief; gave out 16 certificates to the graduating students.

After the graduation was complete, Tedesco and Garrett presented Petty Officer 2nd Class Anissa S. Taylor a plaque to recognize her as the Coast Guard’s Food Service Specialist of the Year.

The students had two weeks at the institute to refine their skills and learn before returning to their home units. As a finale, the group used three kitchens in the institute to create a grand buffet.

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