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Thirteen Teams Advance to Texas ProStart Invitational State Finals

Feb 10
2016

The competition was fierce at the first Texas ProStart Invitational regional competition produced by the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation in Frisco January 30. Twenty-two high schools sent 35 teams, a total of 168 culinary and restaurant management students to compete. The top 13 teams, six culinary and seven management, advance to compete at the Texas ProStart Invitational state finals in March for the chance to represent Texas at the National ProStart Invitational. Congratulations to the winning teams! Culinary

  1. Academy of Culinary Arts, Byron Nelson HS
  2. Frisco CTE Center
  3. Mesquite HS
  4. Trimble Tech HS
  5. Royce City HS
  6. North Mesquite HS

Management

  1. Prosper HS
  2. Academy of Culinary Arts, Byron Nelson HS
  3. Royce City HS
  4. Whitehouse HS
  5. Frisco CTE Center
  6. (tie) Mesquite HS, North Mesquite HS

The Texas ProStart Invitational is in its seventh year and is one of the largest of the state ProStart competitions in the country with more than 320 students competing in two regional competitions for a chance to represent Texas at the National ProStart Invitational. All schools competing are part of Texas ProStart, an industry-based culinary arts and hospitality program and curriculum. Culinary teams demonstrate knife skills, develop and price a three-course menu and then prepare those menu items in 60 minutes. Judges evaluate creativity, plate presentation, taste, teamwork, professionalism, and safety and sanitation. Management teams 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 and a verbal presentation, and are tested on their critical thinking skills by reacting to potential management challenges. The 2016 Texas ProStart Invitational is sponsored by Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen, Ben E. Keith Foodservice, Ecolab, BJ's Restaurant, Texas Beef Council, Auto-Chlor, Williamson-Dickies Manufacturing Co., Les Dames d'Escoffier and Texas Mutual Insurance Co.

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