The Got To Be NC Guest Chef Program at some of North Carolina’s military bases showcases our state’s two largest industries- agriculture and military.  The program highlights how both collectively work together to feed and promote nutritious local agriculture products to the troops and their families.

The program coincides with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Healthy Base Initiative, which aims to increase the well-being of troops and civilians working and/or living on military bases. The program is also part of Food and Fuel for the Forces, a partnership between agriculture and military communities to gauge what types and amounts of local food production are needed to match the consumption of area military forces along with Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) which serves as a logistics support agency and manages the global supply chain – from raw materials to end user– for our Armed Forces.

The NCDA’s marketing division works closely with the organizations who hold the government contracts for both base food service management and food distribution so that guest chefs can highlight local components within the menus they create while providing instructional support for the mess hall staffs to improve culinary skills. This program is part of the NCDA’s domestic marketing group and for more information, contact Chad Blackwelder, NCDA’s food service marketing specialist at 919-707-3150 or

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