Kleber café wins for Army Europe

Private Second Class Stephen Decatur
21st TSC Public Affairs

***image1***The Clock Tower Café dining facility on Kleber Kaserne will compete
with the best dining facilities the Department of the Army has to offer
this fall in the Connelly Awards food service competition.

The DFAC, which is run by Soldiers of the 37th Transportation Command,
won the large garrison competition for United States Army, Europe June

The Kleber DFAC beat the 1st Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment DFAC in
Hohenfels, Germany, which had won the DA level competition the past
three years.

“We look at this as the Super Bowl of food service,” said Chief Warrant
Officer Three Robert Sparks, a Food Service Adviser with 21st TSC.

The DFAC staff practiced for six weeks to prepare for the event.
Soldiers and civilian employees at the DFAC used the training days to
refine their skills and utilized constructive criticism from Food
Services staff to improve the preparation, sanitation, customer service
and presentation of meals.

The appearance and service of the meals have improved the most since
training for the competition began, said Sgt. 1st Class Garry Oaks,
Senior Food Operations Sergeant at the Clock Tower Café.

Soldiers are taking pride in their cooking and not rushing the food
preparation process, said Sergeant 1st Class Oaks. New Soldiers are
taught to be professional, courteous and upbeat, he said.

When you’re serving other Soldiers, every day has to be a good day, or else it will reflect in the product, he said.

The competition is also giving Soldiers at the DFAC more confidence in
their abilities. Knowing that you’re the best gives you a certain
self-esteem, said Sgt. Damon Jones, a chef at the Clock Tower Café. You
can upgrade the standards yourself, he said.