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JBLM chef takes first place and $18,000 in Food Network contest

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord chef won big on a Food Network cooking show Sunday, taking home $18,000 that he plans to split with a national nonprofit organization that cares for wounded troops.

Randy Mulder, 25, won first place on the Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games. It’s a contest that pits four chefs against each other in grocery-themed challenges devised by restaurateur and TV personality Guy Fieri. The News Tribune published a story about Mulder last week.

Mulder’s segment was filmed in February, but had to keep the outcome secret until Sunday night when the Thanksgiving-themed episode aired. JBLM threw a party for him, gathering dozens of people to watch the episode with him.

“Thank you to all who served,” Mulder tweeted Sunday night. “And thanks to (Guy Fieri) for letting me represent those who served.”

Mulder of Lacey manages JBLM’s Bistro at Russell Landing restaurant. He is a civilian whose brother recently served in Afghanistan with a JBLM Stryker brigade.

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