Prominent Sacramento restaurateur and chef, Kataro ‘Taro’Arai, will provide keynote remarks at 3 p.m. Monday. Winning teams will be announced at an awards reception from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, where former California State Superintendent Jack O’Connell will present the 2014 ProStart Educator of the Year Award. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will award a local Sacramento student with a $10,000 scholarship provided by Centerplate.
The event brings together talented high school students from ProStart programs across California who are the future of the restaurant and foodservice industry. An Education and Business Expo from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 17 will feature higher education institutions and potential employers recruiting students. New to this year’s event is a Farm to Fork Expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16 that will feature local farm and agricultural organizations to expose and educate the students on where their produce comes from and take the information with them when they become professionals in the industry. All events are open to the public and media.
COMPETITION DETAILSCulinary teams will have just 60 minutes to prepare a three-course meal using two butane burners. Management teams will present a proposal for a new restaurant concept, including a supporting menu, a marketing plan and a detailed design. Participants in both events will engage in a battle of skill and knowledge, with points awarded on specific criteria, such as proper cooking procedures, safety and sanitation, presentation, product taste and teamwork. Forty industry experts will serve as judges.
VISUALSBest photo opportunities to capture students competing (see below for local Sacramento school details):
Boyd’s Coffee Culinary Cup
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday
BJ’s Restaurants Management Cup
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday
Kataro ‘Taro’ Arai keynote address: 3 p.m. Monday
Awards ceremony: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday
SACRAMENTO-AREA COMPETING SCHOOLSSchool: Competing time
Cosumnes Oaks High School (management): 1:35 p.m. Sunday
Cosumnes Oaks High School (culinary): 11:45 a.m. Monday
Estrellita High School (culinary): 10:55 a.m. Sunday
Leo A. Palmiter (culinary): 11:25 a.m. Monday
Whitney High School (culinary): 10:35 a.m. Sunday
About the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation: The California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (CRAEF) has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and grants since its inception in 1981. CRAEF works to enhance education and training programs within the hospitality industry. ProStart is a two-year program designed to prepare high school juniors and seniors for exciting careers in foodservice.