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Chaine Military Competition Navy Chef CS1 (SW/IW) Delisha L. Adams

Chefs from all five military services will be competing May 18th at the Chaine Military Competition on the 18th during Culinary Weekend in Charleston, South Carolina in May. The winner will be the U.S. Military representative in this year's International Jeunes Commis Rôtisseur competition. For more information please go to

Over the next few weeks we will be featuring a military chef competitor from each service.

Our second Chef is Navy Chef Delisha L. Adams

First Class Petty Officer Adams was born in Thomasville, GA. and graduated from Thomas County Central High School on May 2003. She enlisted in the United States Navy on November 5, 2003, and attended basic training at Recruit Training Center, in Great Lakes, IL. Following basic training CS1 Adams reported to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. where she completed Culinary Specialist “A” School.

On March 11, 2004, CS1 Adams reported to USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and was assigned to the General Mess Galley S-2, followed by the Chief Mess S-11, where she advanced to Third Class Petty Officer and qualified as Galley Watch Captain. In January 2006, she was selected to NSF Security, and on November 2006 graduated from Navy Correction Academy Brig School was assigned to USS Harry S. Truman Brig for 12 months. In August 2007, she was assigned to the Wardroom (S-5), where she served as the Galley Watch Captain and later became Asst. Galley Supervisor on board CVN-75 CS1 qualified for her Enlisted Surface Warfare Device.

In July 2008, CS1 Adams reported to the United States Army Quartermaster School in Fort Lee, VA where she received her diploma in Advanced Culinary Skills. In August 2008, taking on the duties of a First Class Petty Officer’s billet, she reported to Naval Network Warfare Command as one of the highly skilled Flag Culinary Specialists for Vice Admiral Starling and Staff, While at NETWARCOM she completed the Food Service Supervisor/Manager Course. In September 2009, and was advanced to Second Class Petty Officer and she served as the Flag Mess Treasurer and Supply Inventory Petty Officer. In April 2010, she assisted in the stand-up of Navy Cyber Forces.

In August 2011, CS1 Adams reported to Command Seventh Fleet, serving as 7th Fleet Flag Mess Galley Supervisor and Assistant Leading Petty Officer. She prepared and supervised over 50 Big Top reception events and over 30 luncheons and dinners.

In August 29, 2013 CS1 Adams reported to The Visiting Flag Quarters, filling the role as the Accounting Petty Officer, and Events Coordinator at Navy Yard, Washington. She was awarded Junior Sailor of the Year FY 2014.

In November 04, 2016 CS1 Adams reported to COMUSNAVCENT as Leading Petty Officer. Responsibilities included Command Financial Specialist, and the First Class Petty Officer Association Master At Arms and qualified for her Information Dominace Warfare Device.

On December 4, 2017 she reported to the Pentagon Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dining Mess.

She is qualified as master certified food and Beverage director, Certifed HACCP Professional and 6 other Culinary Certifications, USMAP Food Service Manager, USMAP Housekeeper, Certified Professional Bartender, and Certified Server/Seller of TAM (Techniques of Alcohol Management) and NEC 3527 Galley Watch Captain.

Her personal awards and medals include: Navy Commendation Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (5), Good Conduct Medal (4), National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/2 Bronze Stars, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Ribbon, Navy Overseas Service Ribbon, and Navy “E” Ribbon.

Check out some of her work below. Good luck First Class Petty Officer Adams!

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