Twenty-four winning ProStart teams throughout Texas, from two previous competitions held in Dallas and Houston, (12 culinary and 12 restaurant management) will go head to head this Saturday at the Texas ProStart State Finals at St. Philips College in San Antonio, produced by the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF).
Winners will be announced at an on-site ceremony following scoring tabulation (approximately 3:30pm).The competition will be open to the public this Saturday, March 24 from 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at $15 per person.
The Texas ProStart Invitational is now in its ninth year. All competing schools are part of Texas ProStart, an innovative, industry-based culinary arts and restaurant management curriculum, spearheaded by TRAEF.
The largest ProStart competition in the country, more than 320 students compete in either restaurant management or culinary category in the two regional competitions (Dallas and Houston), with the top six teams from each category in each regional advancing to the State Finals. 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.
Students competing in the management teams must develop a concept for a new restaurant and present it to judges from industry and post-secondary education. Students are evaluated on their concept, marketing strategies, menu, recipes and food costs, operations and critical thinking skills.
Culinary teams are required to develop a unique menu for a three-course meal, complete with recipes and food costs, and prepare that meal in 60 minutes using two butane burners—with no electricity or running water. They are evaluated on their menu, degree of difficulty, food safety and sanitation, knife skills, cooking procedures, food costing, teamwork, taste and presentation of their meal.
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).
Best of luck to all the competing teams - and special thanks to The Time Group, for production of this Texas ProStart video.