Shark Tank meets Chopped at annual student competition this weekend

Jan 23
Students at ProStart Competition

The heat is on and competition will be fierce at the 2017 Texas ProStart Invitational Competition on Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28 at Collin County College, Preston Ridge Conference Center, 9700 Wade Boulevard in Frisco.

Approximately 50 Texas high schools are sending 68 teams to compete at the first of two regional Texas ProStart Invitational competitions, produced by the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF). 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. Winners will be announced at approximately 6pm (pending wrap-up for tabulation).

“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 Texas ProStart Invitational is in its eighth year. One of the largest of the state ProStart competitions in the country, more than 340 students compete in two regional competitions for a chance to represent Texas at the National ProStart Invitational, April 28-30 in Charleston, South Carolina.

All competing schools are part of Texas ProStart, an industry-based culinary arts and hospitality program and curriculum. Teams compete in either the restaurant management or culinary category and the top six teams from each category advance to the Texas ProStart Invitational State Final in March, to be held at St. Phillip’s College in San Antonio.

Culinary teams demonstrate knife skills, develop and price a three-course menu, which they prepare in 60 minutes. Judges evaluate the teams on creativity, plate presentation, taste, teamwork, professionalism, and safety and sanitation.

Management teams must 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 along with a verbal presentation. They are tested on their critical thinking skills by reacting to potential management challenges.

The 2017 Texas ProStart Invitational is sponsored by Texas Beef Council, Ben E. Keith Foodservice, Revention, ECOLAB, Auto-Chlor, Les Dames d’Escoffier and BJ’s Restaurant.

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