student invitational competition
Through ProStart and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (MRAEF), students receive many leadership and scholarship opportunities. Every year, the MRAEF sponsors a ProStart Invitational competition. Schools have the opportunity to compete in a culinary and/or management competition. Judges are industry professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to make the competition more meaningful for students.
Students are given a fictitious location, ProStartville, which the competition is based on. Management teams will develop a proposal to launch a new restaurant concept. In the proposal, teams will fully define the concept, develop a menu that fits the concept, and develop a marketing plan to support the launch. They will prepare a written proposal, verbal presentation and visual display. Culinary teams will start with exhibiting a mastery of knife skills and poultry fabrication. They will then have 60 minutes to cook a starter, entrée and dessert. Students will provide recipes, recipe cost and menu pricing.
Upon completion of the event, colleges and universities from around the country are on-hand to offer generous scholarships to the top teams in the competition. For example, The Culinary Institute of America offers up to $90,000 to students. Winning teams have the opportunity to compete nationally at the National ProStart Student Invitational, which is hosted by the NRAEF. This year, the top two schools will be invited to go to Nationals in Dallas, Texas in April where they will have an opportunity to win more scholarship money.
For more information about ProStart, please, contact the MRA office at 508.303.9905.
2018 National ProStart Invitational
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The National ProStart Invitational® is the country’s premier high school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. The 2018 Annual National ProStart Invitational will be held in Providence, RI from April 27 - April 29, 2017.
Top ProStart® students from 43 states and territories compete in the event. This talented group of students showcased their passion and skills in front of nearly 1,000 friends and family, educators and industry leaders. In addition to those who watched the competition on-site, nearly 10,000 people followed the event via a live stream.
Congratulations to the 2017 National ProStart Invitational winning teams:
First Place – Culinary: Team Ohio from Polaris Career Center
First Place – Restaurant Management: Team Michigan from Saginaw Career Complex
Second Place – Culinary: Team Guam from Okkodo High School
Second Place – Restaurant Management: Team South Carolina from Anderson Career & Technology Center
Third Place – Culinary : Team Texas from Rockwall High School
Third Place – Restaurant Management: Team Maryland from George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology
Fourth Place – Culinary : Team Kansas from Olathe Public School
Fourth Place – Restaurant Management: Team Missouri from Parkway North High School
Fifth Place – Culinary : Team South Carolina from Anderson Career & Technology Center
Fifth Place – Restaurant Management: Team Connecticut from Wilbur Cross High School