The cafeteria on 32nd Avenue was graded against other Army establishments for its food preparation, nutrition, service and taste by a panel of civilian and military judges for the Army and International Food Service Executives Association.
Carlos Keith, the food program manager for Fort Gordon, compared the first-place finish in the 44th Philip A. Connelly Awards Competition to winning the Super Bowl.
“It’s all about serving soldiers and doing the basics right every day,” he said.
The cafeteria is housed in a large “relocatable” building in which more than 8,000 meals are served every day – a rate of about 15 soldiers fed every minute. Two shifts of about 40 civilians each fill trays, stir pots and clean up after meals.
In congratulating the staff members for their efforts, Maj. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, Fort Gordon’s commanding general, commended the civilians for boosting morale on post with their food and service.
“You give them a sense of home,” Lynn said.