Ed created the Military Hospitality Alliance (MHA) while
serving as President of the International Food Service Executives
Association, which position he held for 18 years, until 2009. He also co-created the two major
projects of MHA, the MCC and the EAOY.
1. The Military Culinary Competition (MCC), held
outside Marine Barracks in Washington, DC each September. The 2014 competition is scheduled for September 26-27, 2014. The 2013 winner was the Coast Guard. For photos check out the Military Hospitality Alliance FB page and also https://www.facebook.com/edmanleyEHMA
2. The Enlisted
Aide of the Year Award (EAOY), given each year as part of the USO Salute to
Military Chefs dinner at the Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City. In 2010 the Chief of Naval Operations' Senior Enlisted Aide, CSC Wes Tavares, was the winner of the $1000 first place
prize. The 2011 competition was won by SSgt Charles Hughes, who works for the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Before these two, no one who worked for the Service Chiefs ever won - so that isn't a requirement, just so happened. Now supported by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the 2012 winner was MSgt Brian Brazil who works for LtGen Tryon and Marine Barracks, DC.