The winter weather may be frosty, but in Texas, the heat is on, the competition is fierce, and the 2017 Texas ProStart Invitational Competition needs you. One of the largest of the state ProStart competitions in the country, approximately 340 students will converge in Frisco, Round Rock and San Antonio for a shot at the National ProStart Invitational, April 28-30 in Charleston, South Carolina.
Texas ProStart is the flagship program produced by the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF). It is an industry-based high school culinary arts and restaurant management program that prepares students for careers. Each year, teams throughout the state compete both on the culinary side and also in restaurant management.
This year, approximately 50 Texas high schools are sending 68 teams to compete at the first of two regional Texas ProStart Invitational competitions. The first competition will be held on Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28 at Collin County College, Preston Ridge Conference Center, 9700 Wade Boulevard in Frisco.
Coordinating the competition is a massive undertaking, and couldn’t be done without the support of volunteers. Currently, volunteer opportunities are available in virtually every aspect of the competition, from escorting and monitoring competitors to event timers, culinary set-up and check-in. Click here for a list and description of opportunities, competition dates and locations or sign up.
The event is open to the public and tickets are $10 per person. The competition is from 1 – 5pm with culinary taking place on the 27th and restaurant management on the 28th.
“These restaurant management and culinary arts participants are the future of our industry. They exemplify what is great and bright about the restaurant industry in Texas. The level of competency and caliber of presentations by the students is truly extraordinary,” says Roger Kaplan, TRA Education Foundation Chairman.
The top six teams from each category from the preliminary Frisco and Round Rock competitions will advance to the Texas ProStart Invitational State Final in March, to be held at St. Phillip’s College in San Antonio.