The road to the National ProStart Invitational begins at the state level. State restaurant association partners host competitions for interested ProStart schools within their state. The victors advance to the National ProStart Invitational, where they’ll represent not just their school, but their entire state.
Three Challenging Categories
Local schools compete in three distinct competitions at the state level – professional baking, hospitality management and culinary events.
Students can compete as individuals or on a two-person team for this event. Sections included are cake decorating, bread baking and skills testing.
Management teams develop a proposal for the next hot restaurant concept and present it to a panel of industry judges. Next, their ability to think on their feet will be tested as they quickly solve challenges managers face on a daily basis.
The culinary competition highlights the creative abilities of each team through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners with no access to running water or electricity. Students are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation.
The stakes are just as high at the state level as at the National ProStart Invitational – in 2016, $50 million was awarded in scholarships at the state ProStart invitationals across the US. The first-place teams in the hospitality management and culinary events are crowned the state champions and advance to the National ProStart Invitational.
The National ProStart Invitational® is a national secondary school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. Annually, 350 student competitors put their skills to the test in front of industry leaders, NRAEF Trustees, state restaurant associations, and family and friends – all with hopes of earning a coveted scholarship from one of the nation’s largest culinary and restaurant management programs.
How the Competition Works
The National ProStart Invitational is the finale of an expansive series of state and DoDEA region competitions hosted by partner state restaurant associations. For each respective competition – culinary or management – students must impress judges from leading industry corporations, colleges, and universities with skills they’ve developed through ProStart.
The top five teams from the culinary and management competitions are awarded generous educational scholarships to help further their careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry. This year, more than $1 million in scholarships was awarded to students by the NRAEF and leading academic institutions.
Two Challenging Competitions
The National ProStart Invitational is composed of two distinct competitions – management and culinary – that showcase the most important skills needed on either side of the restaurant and foodservice industry.
Management teams develop a proposal for a unique restaurant concept and present it to a industry judges. Problem solving skills are tested as they address challenges faced by managers daily.
The culinary competition highlights each team’s creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners, and without access to running water or electricity. Students are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation.