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Top chefs visit Bahrain base

Chef Johnny Brava, owner the Salsa Brava restaurant in Flagstaff, Ariz., clowns around Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 27, 2013, at Naval Support Activity Bahrain as he prepares for Wednesday morning's breakfast that will be served to U.S. personnel.  Brava was accompanied by fellow chefs Sarah Simington and Mike Hardin on a tour of U.S. bases overseas sponsored by Navy Entertainment.

Servicemembers at the U.S. naval base in Bahrain received a special culinary treat Tuesday when celebrity chefs Sarah Simington, Mike "Boss Man" Hardin and Johnny Brava dropped by to make lunch, each cooking up special dishes. On the menu: Hodad's Angry Hawaiian Burger, Sarah's Blackened Chicken Breast and Johnny's Chicken Parmesan.

"It's great! Better than the typical food," remarked Cpl. Ted Howley.

"Every time they come here it's top notch," said Cmdr. Chris Veva.

While Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff was on hand to ensure the lines of hungry servicemembers kept running smoothly, the chefs chatted with servicemembers and families.

"This is where we want to be; there is no better thing for us to do," said Brava. "I kiss the ground I get to live on when I come back from some of the places servicemembers serve." 

After lunch there was no time for play. All three chefs,  known as the "Mess Lords," got right back into the kitchen to make preparations to cook breakfast for U.S. personnel Wednesday.    

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