National ProStart Invitational
Future Stars in Action
2017 National ProStart Invitational®
The National ProStart Invitational® is the country’s premier secondary school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. Annually, 350 student competitors put their skills to the test in front of industry leaders, NRAEF Trustees, state restaurant associations, and family and friends - all with hopes of earning a coveted scholarship from one of the nation’s premier culinary and restaurant management programs.
How the Competition Works
The National ProStart Invitational is the finale of a nationwide series of state competitions hosted by partner state restaurant associations. For each respective competition – culinary or management – students must impress judges from leading industry corporations, colleges, and universities with skills they’ve developed through ProStart.
The top five teams from the culinary and management competitions are awarded generous educational scholarships to help further their careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry. In 2013, more than $1.4 million in scholarships was awarded to students by the NRAEF and leading academic institutions.
In addition, all competitors are encouraged to take full advantage of competing at the National ProStart Invitational by networking with other students and industry professionals in attendance.
Two Challenging Competitions
The National ProStart Invitational is composed of two distinct competitions – management and culinary – that showcase the most important skills needed on either side of the restaurant and foodservice industry.
Management teams develop a proposal for the next promising restaurant concept and present it to a panel of industry judges. Next, their problem solving skills are tested as they quickly solve challenges faced by managers daily.
The culinary competition highlights each team’s creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners, and without access to running water or electricity. There is no room for error as they are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation.
2016 National ProStart Invitational Winners
Culinary: Polaris Career Center; Middleburg Heights, Ohio
Management: New Caney High School; New Caney, Texas
Culinary: Plymouth Canton Educational Park; Canton, Michigan
Management: Eastside High School; Gainesville, Florida
Culinary: Academy of Culinary Arts at Byron Nelson; Trophy Club, Texas
Management: Grandview High School; Aurora, Colorado
Culinary: Olathe Public Schools; Olathe, Kansas
Management: Saginaw Career Complex; Saginaw, Michigan
Culinary: South Salem High School; Salem, Oregon
Management: Sauk Rapids-Rice High School; Sauk Rapids, Minnesota