Upwards to 600 came from far and wide for the first regional competition of the 2015 Texas ProStart Invitational. More than 200 high school students, nearly 100 judges, 50 volunteers, more than 200 spectators and three local news crews were on hand to see Texas ProStart students battle for victory. Twenty-two culinary teams wheeled in supplies on Friday afternoon and were evaluated on proper packaging, temperature of ingredients and more! The next day, those students were tested on their culinary knowledge, skills and creative abilities as they prepared a three-course meal in just 60 minutes. Meanwhile, 14 management teams demonstrated their knowledge of the restaurant and hospitality industry by developing a complete business plan for potential investors in a new restaurant concept. These students were scored on their written proposal, verbal presentation, visual display and critical thinking skills. Congratulations to the top six teams in each category who will advance to the Texas ProStart Invitational state finals in Waco March 27-28 to compete with the top teams from the Conroe regional competition (February 20-21). The top culinary and top management team from state will compete against their peers from around the country at the National ProStart Invitational in April. Management 1st - Byron Nelson High School, Academy of Culinary Arts & Hospitality 2nd - Prosper High School 3rd - Midlothian High School 4th - College Station High School 5th - Poteet High School 6th - Royse City High School Culinary 1st - Byron Nelson High School, Academy of Culinary Arts & Hospitality 2nd - Frisco CTE Center 3rd - Trimble Tech 4th - College Station High School 5th - Midlothian High School 6th - Royse City High School See Photos The Texas ProStart Invitational is in its sixth year and is the largest of the state ProStart competitions in the country with more than 350 students competing in two regional competitions. All schools competing are part of Texas ProStart, an industry-based culinary arts and restaurant management program and curriculum produced by the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation. Texas ProStart is offered in 220+ high schools and reaches more than 20,000 students each year. The 2015 Texas ProStart Invitational is sponsored by Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Ben E. Keith Food Service Distribution, ECOLAB, BJ's Restaurant, Auto-Chlor, Les Dames, Texas Beef Council and Tyson.