The competition sizzled at the 2018 Texas ProStart Invitational Competition over the weekend at Collin County College in Frisco. The first of two regional Texas ProStart competitions, twelve teams emerged victorious and will advance to the state finals, to be held at St. Phillip’s College in San Antonio, Saturday March 23-24, for the chance to represent Texas at the National ProStart Invitational.
All schools are participants in Texas ProStart, an industry-based culinary arts and hospitality program and curriculum. Produced by the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF), the Texas ProStart competitions are the largest in the country, with more than 320 students competing in either culinary or restaurant management in all competitions. In Frisco, 20 Texas high schools sent a total of 28 teams, (19 culinary and nine restaurant management) to compete.
Ultimately, the top six teams from each category in each regional (Frisco and Houston) will advance to the Texas ProStart State Final competition in March (San Antonio). The winning teams from the state finals then advance to represent Texas at the National ProStart Invitational, which is being held in Providence, Rhode Island on April 27-29. (Above photo: 1st place restaurant management team from Ben Barber Innovation Academy. Photo below: 1st place culinary winners, Academy of Culinary Arts & Hospitality at Byron Nelson High School. ).
1. Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality at Byron Nelson High School
The 2018 Texas ProStart Invitational is supported by TRAEF partners - Texas Beef Council (Exclusive), Ecolab (Diamond), Ben E. Keith (Platinum), Auto-Chlor (Gold), BJ’s Restaurants, Coca-Cola, Texas Mutual, United Healthcare, Les Dames d’Escoffier (Silver), El Centro College, Nicholls State University and BMI (Bronze).