CHEESECAKE FACTORY FOUNDATION WILL SEND WINNERS TO NATIONAL INVITATIONAL IN MAY
The first-place teams won scholarships and will be sponsored by the Cheesecake Factory Oscar and Evelyn Overton Charitable Foundation to compete in the 2014 National ProStart Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn. in May.
“This was absolutely the best ProStart Cup event we've ever hosted in California, and being back in Sacramento was a big part of that,” CRAEF Executive Director Alycia Harshfield said. “We worked to provide a top-notch experience for all of the students involved, including exposing them to interesting organizations, schools and potential employers through our Farm-to-Fork and Business & Education expos held each day. We also wanted to celebrate their overall enthusiasm with some first-ever school spirit awards. More than ever before, ProStart Cup was about so much more than who comes in first-, second- and third place.”
La Quinta's culinary team prevailed in the Boyd's Coffee Culinary Cup with a menu that included mussel potage Marrakech, harissa-rubbed Moroccan-style grilled chicken with butternut squash and couscous and Tangier poached pears served with cinnamon caramel sauce and a quenelle of orange blossom whipped cream.
Management students from San Diego took home the BJ's Restaurants Management Cup with their restaurant concept, Deconstructed, a fine-dining experience featuring an eclectic menu, including a trend-forward Parisian macaron bar.
In the culinary competition, Whitney High School of Rocklin won second place and Pacifica High School of Oxnard earned third place. In the management event, John A. Rowland High School of Rowland Heights earned second place and Newport Harbor High School came in third place. Second- and third-place teams also earned scholarships to several culinary and hospitality higher-education programs.
In addition, scholarships and grants totaling $12,000 where provided by the BJ's Restaurants Foundation were presented at the event to several students, instructors and schools, including:
- culinary student Hander Rivas, John O'Connell High School
- management student Malorie Schmidt, Enterprise High School
- culinary instructor Brent Boultinghouse, Westmoor High School
- management instructor Armida Gordon, Fountain Valley High School
- programs at Vista, Bonita, Westmoor and Pleasant Valley high schools
John O'Connell and Estrellita high schools took home the IKEA School Spirit awards – a first for the event – which included prize packages worth more than $600.
Also, for the first time, CRAEF presented the Leon Lowenstein Foundation Farm-to-School Program awards to:
- Mary Cronin, John F. Kennedy High School
- Kim Coelho, Scripps Ranch High School
- Angela Ash, Roseville High School
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About 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.