Cooks from the South Dakota Army National Guard's 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion out of Pierre are competing against the region's best in a field mess competition.
It's part of the 2012 Golden Coyote training exercise in the Black Hills.
The winner will take home the Philip A. Connelly Award, which was was established in 1968 to recognize excellence in Army Food Service, and advance to the national level.
Units from the North Dakota and Oregon Army National Guard are also competing.
Cooks from 152nd have fed hundreds of Army National Guard, Reserve and foreign military forces training at this year's Golden Coyote exercise.