Hospital corpsman takes first in commissary baking contest

HM1 James Thime of the Naval Branch Health Clinic Port Hueneme presents his Chocolate Cherry Surprise Cake at the Dec. 12 bake-off at the Port Hueneme Commissary. The cake took first place in what store director Velma Siler hopes will be an annual competition.

Photo by Andrea Howry / Lighthouse

HM1 James Thime of the Naval Branch Health Clinic Port Hueneme presents his Chocolate Cherry Surprise Cake at the Dec. 12 bake-off at the Port Hueneme Commissary. The cake took first place in what store director Velma Siler hopes will be an annual competition.

Judging the bake-off entries are, from left, MA1 Christopher Uutela, MA1 Ryan Vanderpool and MA1 Lee Van Horne, all of Naval Base Ventura County Force Protection.

Photo by Andrea Howry / Lighthouse

Judging the bake-off entries are, from left, MA1 Christopher Uutela, MA1 Ryan Vanderpool and MA1 Lee Van Horne, all of Naval Base Ventura County Force Protection.

James Thime’s grandmother taught him two key lessons in baking: Always use cake flour, and always put the dry ingredients through a sifter before mixing them with the liquids.

His grandmother must have been onto something, because the hospital corpsman took first place in last month’s bake-off at the Port Hueneme Commissary at Naval Base Ventura County.

HM1 Thime of the Naval Branch Health Clinic Port Hueneme made a Chocolate Cherry Surprise Cake that wowed the judges and put him first among the seven competitors.

“Thanks, Grandma!” Thime said when his name was announced.

“My grandmother taught me that if I put everything through a sifter, all the dry ingredients open up and the lumps come out,” he said. “I also made sure the kids didn’t run around so the cake would fall.”

Thime won $300 at the Dec. 12 event, the second competition sponsored by the commissary. A chili cookoff was held Nov. 7.

“Our goal is to have an outreach like this once a month,” said Velma Siler, store director. “We want to embrace our Sailors. Plus, it’s fun!”

The three judges, all masters-at-arms from NBVC Force Protection, rated each entry on taste, presentation and uniqueness.

“Each of you did a wonderful job,” said MA1 Lee Van Horne, who judged with MA1 Christoper Uutela and MA1 Ryan Vanderpool.

Each contestant received cash or a gift basket.

The real winners, however, were the customers in the store that day. Everyone stopping by the judging area was invited to sample the entries and have a free slice of cake prepared by the commissary bakery.

Taking second place in the competition and earning $200 was Deanna Bruchey, whose husband, Steelworker 1st Class William Bruchey, is with the 31st Seabee Readiness Group. She made Dee’s CocoNutty Snaps.

In third place and winning $100 was Michelle Dentremont, whose husband is Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Phillip Dentremont with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5. She made Pecan Rolls with Caramel Sauce.

Morgan Francis, whose husband is Equipment Operator 3rd Class Dillon Francis of NMCB 4, made Macaroons with a Mint White Chocolate Filling.

Karey Judice, whose husband is Equipment Operator 1st Class Scott Judice of NMCB 3, made Turtlebacks and had planned to also bring Pumpkin Spice Fudge, “but it didn’t set.”

Judice also competed in the chili cookoff.

“I love this,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun. I plan to do this every time.”

Marjorie Chandler of Port Hueneme, whose husband is an Air Force retiree, made a Banana Nut Bread, and Alejandra Barajas, whose husband is Construction Electrician 1st Class Isaac Barajas, made Walnut Bread.

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