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Kansas ProStart Invitational 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Neeley Carlson
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More than 120 students representing high schools from across the state demonstrated their mastery of restaurant & hospitality leadership skills in the fast-paced, Kansas ProStart Invitational.   

“ProStart students belong to a very special group that we call ‘ProStart Nation. These young adults represent the future of our industry.” said Neely Carlson, KRHA’s vice president of education and training.  “Since launching ProStart 17 years ago, more than half-a-million students have graduated from the program across the country.  In Kansas, ProStart is impacting over 2500 students this school year.”

The Kansas ProStart Invitational is a highlight of the Restaurant Management Program (ProStart) curriculum sponsored by KRHAEF. Each year, the event grows and allows students to compete in two major categories — each of which requires intensive culinary and management skills. 



Winners of the 2018 Kansas ProStart Invitational include:

1st – Olathe Public Schools
2nd – Wichita Heights High School 
3rd – Broadmoor Bistro, Shawnee Mission Schools 
4th – Maize High School

Each team in the culinary event had one hour to demonstrate their creative abilities by preparing a three-course meal that was then judged by professionals from the foodservice industry. Teams are evaluated on taste, teamwork, safety, and sanitation, among other skills.  

1st – Olathe Public Schools
2nd – Wichita Heights High School
3rd – Garden City High School
4th – Maize High School

Teams participating in the management competition were tested on their communication skills, as well as their ability to apply their knowledge of the restaurant and foodservice industry by developing a business proposal for a new restaurant concept. 

While the culinary and management competitions qualify the winning teams for a spot at the National ProStart event, there are several additional competitions that allow other students to showcase their skills and talents. 

Edible Centerpiece
1st –  Olathe Public Schools
2nd –  Wichita North High School
3rd –  Abilene High School

Students in the edible centerpiece competition demonstrate their creative abilities by carving fruits and vegetables to create an edible work of art.

Top Knife Cuts:  
Natalie - Eisenhower High School
Riley – Olathe Public Schools
Sydnee – Wichita Heights High School

The 1st place team in the culinary and management competitions advanced on to represent Team Kansas at the National ProStart Invitational held in Providence, RI from April 27-30.

Top teams have the opportunity to earn scholarships at both the state and national level, allowing students to continue their education in culinary or hospitality management.  The KRHAEF and its programs work to attract, empower and advance tomorrow’s restaurant and hospitality workforce.  Past Kansas ProStart Invitational winners have gone on to establish a career at the French Laundry (California), Freestyle Poke (Kansas City), Thirsty Lion Gastropub (Denver), and Wichita South High School (teacher).

About ProStart
ProStart provides aspiring restaurateurs and chefs an in-depth assessment of the food and beverage industry. Designed for high school juniors and seniors, students must pass two comprehensive exams and complete 400 internship hours during the course of the curriculum. Those who successfully complete these programs can earn national certificates and qualify for scholarships to continue their education.