Ships awarded for excellence in food service

Congratulations to the food service teams aboard USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11), USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5), USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) and USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) for earning this year’s Captain David M. Cook Food Service Excellence Awards! Presented annually, the awards showcase the best of the best in food preparation and service aboard our Navy’s Combat Logistics Force and Service Support Program ships.

While at MSC, Capt. David Cook worked for restaurant quality foods on the menu to improve the quality of life for crews. MSC established a food service award in 1992 – renamed for Cook in 2002 – to formally recognize our civil service mariners responsible for outstanding management of food service operations.

USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196)

USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196)


“For this year’s competition, some ships participated and won that never competed for this award before. It was a pleasure to evaluate all ships because all were serving excellent meals and providing outstanding customer service. The difference between the winning ship and coming in 2nd place was in most cases only by a 1-2 point margin. That shows the truly great food service professionals we have serving with MSC.”

Roberta Jio – MSC Foodservice Community Manager

“It felt very good to receive the award back to back; it is very rare because MSC ships pride themselves on providing the crew with the best healthy, nutritious meals available, and the competition is very fierce. We were confident about winning here on the Kanawha because we push ourselves each day to improve. The cooks who I have here with me take great pride in their work, and settling for average is not an option. The Supply Utilities go out of their way to provide the most courteous, helpful customer service possible.

Providing excellent food and customer service is essential to our crew members. Having to deal with the rigors of day-to-day work, and being away from love ones, it provides a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere for long stressful days. It is a form of stress relief for most mariners who deal with work in climate changing situations. It is also a means to continue to help keep our mariners healthy and energized to be able to provide service to our fighting men and women of the military.”

Derrick Piercy – Chief Steward, USNS Kanawha

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