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"Kitchen Warriors: Showcasing the Culinary Skills of Service Men and Women of the US Military at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan"





An Experience of a lifetime!


When we speak our dreams out loud, we exercise faith, trusting that in those moments, God is truly listening. I wholeheartedly believe that my dream has been heard. It has been my deepest desire to be a judge in a cooking competition and to demonstrate my cooking skills on a main stage. Little did I know that God would take me around the world and give me an experience of a lifetime to make that dream come true. Not only was I a judge, but I was the headliner and the only one on the main stage a place made for me and only me at Kitchen Warriors in Okinawa, Japan. I still can’t believe it—a dream come true and then some.


It was so much more than I expected. The competition was fierce, with servicemen and women all coming to win. It was an absolute pleasure and honor to be asked to be a part of this event, and I was thrilled to be eating someone else’s food for a change. Not only was the hospitality among the best I have ever experienced, but the trust placed in me to give honest feedback was heartwarming. I love what I do, and sharing my passion for cooking brings me immense joy. To have the servicemen and women of Camp Foster open their doors to me was more than I could ever ask for. 


As for Okinawa, I have never been anywhere where everyone was so welcoming, friendly, and kind. From the officers on base to the residents off base, everyone greeted us with smiles, hellos, and a genuine willingness to help us get around. The kindness and warmth were unmatched. 


Okinawa is a beautiful tropical island full of exclusive eats and amazing culture that I look forward to visiting again in the future. I feel like my record for meeting not just acquaintances but extended family is still intact. Okinawa, you owe me nothing. Let this not be our last time together. 



With love, 

Chef Dorian Hunter

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