(ROUND ROCK, TX) – This weekend, teams from 20 Texas high schools will compete in ProStart, an elite culinary and management competition. Multiple local elected officials plan to attend, including US Representative John Carter, Mayor Craig Morgan of Round Rock, and Austin City Councilman Jimmy Flannigan.
The competition will take place at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, with check-in on Saturday, March 7 and all competitions on Sunday, March 8.
ProStart competitions are made up of two categories: management and culinary. Management teams develop and present an original restaurant concept, including menu, staffing, and marketing plans, and then apply critical thinking skills to everyday challenges asked by the judges. Culinary teams have 60 minutes to prepare a three-course meal using only two butane burners and limited supplies. Both competitions are fast-paced and thrilling to watch.
Culinary teams from the following 17 high schools will compete on Sunday: Glenn High School, Milby High School, North Shore Senior High, Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center, W H Taft High School, Rice Consolidated High School, Sam Rayburn High School, Dr. Kirk Lewis CTE High School, The Guthrie Center, Palo Duro High School, Whitehouse High School, Lancaster High School, San Angelo Central High School, Miller Career & Technology Center, Westside High School, and Manor High School.
Management teams from the following eight high schools will compete on Sunday: Trimble Tech High School, Lancaster High School, Whitehouse High School, The Guthrie Center, Dawson High School, Brewer High School, John Marshall High School, and Manor Senior High School.
All schools are participants in Texas ProStart, an industry-based culinary arts and hospitality program and curriculum. Produced by the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF), the Texas ProStart competitions are the largest in the country, with more than 350 students competing in either culinary or restaurant management.
The top six teams from each category in each regional (Frisco and Round Rock) will advance to the Texas ProStart State Final competition on March 27-28 at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio. The Frisco regional was held February 7-8. The winning teams from the state finals will then advance to represent Texas at the National ProStart Invitational, which is being held in Washington, DC on May 8-10, 2020.
For more information about this weekend’s competition, view the online guide.
About the Texas Restaurant Association
The Texas Restaurant Association was formed in 1937 to serve as the advocate in Texas and the indispensable resource for the foodservice industry. Today, as a leading business association, TRA represents the state’s $66 billion restaurant industry, which is comprised of more than 48,000 locations and a workforce of 1.3 million employees. Along with the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, the Association represents, educates and promotes the growing industry. www.txrestaurant.org