STUDENTS FROM 43 STATES COMPETE FOR $1.4 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS AT 12TH ANNUAL COMPETITION IN BALTIMORE
California's culinary team from Pacifica High School ranked in the top 10, and management team from La Quinta High School ranked in the top 20.
NRAEF awarded scholarships to students from the top 10 winning teams.
"Seeing hundreds of students apply what they've learned during their two-year ProStart program not only is an inspiring experience, but also confirms our belief that there is a bright future ahead for the restaurant industry with this young talent at the helm," NRAEF chairwoman Denise Marie Fugo said. "We're honored to recognize this year's winners for their accomplishments and to give them the opportunity to showcase their skills and passion at the national level."
In the culinary competition, teams prepared a starter, entrée and dessert within 60 minutes using only two butane burners and were judged on categories including taste, knife skills, safety, sanitation and teamwork. In the management competition, teams developed an original restaurant concept and applied critical thinking skills to challenges restaurant managers face in day-to-day operations.
The National ProStart Invitational is the country's premier high school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. More than 900 attendees, including industry and academic leaders, NRAEF board members, state restaurant association representatives, ProStart educators, friends and family members cheered on student competitors from across the U.S.
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