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Marines Fire Up the Grill at Fleet Week

Release Date: 5/16/2006

MCB QUANTICO - On May 25, Marines from installations across the country will put their culinary skills to the test in pursuit of the "Command of the Grill" title at Weber's first grilling competition created for the men and women serving in the United States Marine Corps.  The cook-off competition is one of many activities happening in New York City during Fleet Week.

            Armed only with tongs and their own special recipe, the 10 semi-finalists will prepare and grill a New York Strip steak. Judges will score the entries on oral presentation, taste, and visual appeal. To add a little more heat to the fire, the cook-off will be held in Times Square with thousands of people watching on the big screen and is scheduled to air on Good Morning America.

            The "Command of the Grill" champion will take home a prize package worth more than $5,000 that includes a luxury Weber gas grill and grilling lesson and dinner for the winner and 10 buddies with acclaimed chef and best-selling cookbook author Jamie Purviance.

            Last fall over 100 Marines participated in 10 semi-final cook-offs organized by Weber and Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS).  Grilled steak recipes created by the 10 finalists, along with recipes from active, reserve, and famous former Marines, were published in The Command of the Grill - A Salute to Steak cookbook.  All proceeds from the sale of the book go to charities that support wounded or killed U.S. Marines and their families. The cookbook can be purchased at your local MCX or ordered via the website.

Command of The Grill Semi-Finalists

 MCB Camp Pendleton     Col Stewart R. Navarre
 MCB Quantico     Capt Robert L. Burton
 MCAS Cherry Point   SSgt Joseph E. Taylor
 Camp Allen   SSgt Jeremiah E. Batista
 MCAS New River/MCB Camp Lejeune  Capt Eric P. Dominijanni
 MOBCOM Kansas City  Sgt Michael K. Clawson
 MCAGCC Twentynine Palms  Capt Phillip J. Woodward
 MCB Hawaii   SSgt Daniel G. Newcomb
 MCAS Beaufort/MCRD Parris Island   Sgt Michael J. Clayton
 MCAS Yuma    LCpl Jaynine L. Goodroe

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