The competition was fierce at the 2017 Texas ProStart Invitational Competition over the weekend at Collin County College in Frisco, with a total of twelve teams advancing to the Texas ProStart Invitational State Finals March 24-25 at St. Philip’s College for the chance to represent Texas at the National ProStart Invitational.
Approximately 50 Texas high schools sent 68 teams to compete. Produced by the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, this weekend’s event was the first of two regional competitions. The second will be held in Round Rock, February 11-12 at Cedar Ridge High School, 2801 Gattis School Road.
All competing schools are part of Texas ProStart, an industry-based culinary arts and hospitality program and curriculum. Teams compete in either the restaurant management or culinary category and the top six teams from each advance.
1. Frisco Career & Technical Education Center
2. Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality to Byron Nelson High School
3. Royse City High School
4. Poteet High School
5. Brewer High School
6. North Mesquite High School
1. Ben Barber Innovation Academy
2. Frisco Career & Technical Education Center
3. Whitehouse High School
4. Royse City High School
5. Trimble Technical
6. John Horn High School
The Texas ProStart Invitational is in its eighth year. The largest state ProStart competition in the country, more than 340 students compete in the two regional competitions for a chance to represent Texas at the National ProStart Invitational, April 28-30 in Charleston, South Carolina.
Culinary teams demonstrate knife skills, and develop a three-course menu, which they also price and prepare in 60 minutes. Judges evaluate the teams on creativity, plate presentation, taste, teamwork, professionalism, and safety and sanitation.
Management teams must develop and present a business proposal for a new restaurant concept that includes a defined concept, supporting menu and marketing plan. Teams prepare a comprehensive written proposal along with a verbal presentation. They are tested on their critical thinking skills by reacting to potential management challenges.
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