Mira Mesa’s culinary team prevailed in the Boyds Coffee Culinary Cup event, while management students from La Quinta won the BJ’s Restaurants Management Cup. The teams won scholarships and will be sponsored by the Cheesecake Factory Oscar and Evelyn Overton Charitable Foundation to compete in the 2012 National ProStart Invitational in Baltimore, Maryland next month.
In the culinary competition, Scripps Ranch High School of San Diego won second place and Newport Harbor High School of Newport Beach earned third place. In the management event, John A. Roland High School of Rowland Heights earned second place and Mira Mesa High School came in third place. Second- and third-place teams also earned scholarships to several culinary and hospitality higher-education programs. Nearly 150 students from 21 California high schools convened for the event.
In addition, a number of special cash awards provided by the BJ’s Restaurants Foundation were presented at the event, a first in the history of the California ProStart Cup. Scholarships and grants worth $2,000 were accepted by:
- culinary student Jordan Tucker of Scripps Ranch High School
- management student Brittany Marie Price of La Quinta High School
- culinary instructor Carissa McCrory of Whitney High School in Rocklin
- management instructor Pricilla Burns of Pleasant Valley High School in Chico
- Greenville High School’s culinary ProStart program
- Mira Mesa High School’s management ProStart program.
California State Assembly Speaker John Pérez presented the 2012 California ProStart Educator of the Year to Sheri Tucker of La Quinta High School.
“The level of competition and innovation this year was unlike anything we’ve seen in years past,” CRAEF Executive Director Alycia Harshfield said. “Our sincerest congratulations to Mira Mesa and La Quinta for their outstanding performance. And kudos to all of the participating schools for their dedication and professionalism at the competition and in their work throughout the year.”