Oregon ProStart Culinary Championships
February 28, 2015 | Spirit Mountain Casino, Grand Ronde
Students representing 20 schools from around the state competed in the 2015 Oregon ProStart High School Culinary Championships presented by Boyds Coffee® in Grand Ronde. These students created three-course gourmet meals using only two butane burners and without the benefit of electricity. This event is the yearly capstone project for the career and technical education (CTE) foodservice training program, ProStart.
Congratulations to South Salem High School (pictured) culinary team who took first place overall in 2015. Their winning menu included Duck and Wild Mushroom Ragout, Painted Hills Beef Tenderloin Steak with Yukon Gold and Gruyere Potato Cake, and a Dome of White Chocolate with Strawberry Coulis and Wild Flowers.
2015 Boyds Coffee Culinary Cup Winners:
First Place: South Salem High School
Second Place: Bend High School
Third Place: Seaside High School
Fourth Place: North Eugene High School
Fifth Place: Willamette High School
2015 Category Awards:
Best Knife Skills: North Marion High School
Best Poultry Fabrication: North Marion High School
Best Overall Team Work: Bend High School
2015 ProStart Awards:
Educator of Excellence: Mindy Shelton, Colton High School
Mentor of the Year: Michael Thieme, Sweetwater’s Valley River Inn, Eugene
Student of the Year: Jesse Pink, Taft High School
> View 2015 Competition Press
> View photos from the 2015 event on our Flickr page
Coached by teachers and professional chefs, ProStart teams demonstrate their mastery of skills in seven categories of the fast-paced competition. Points are based on many criteria including complexity of their menu, taste, presentation, knife skills, and teamwork.
“ProStart students learn skills - such as teamwork, communication, and decision making- that are important to success in any career they choose to pursue. They also gain a tremendous amount of self-confidence. This event is their capstone project, and is as exciting to watch as any sports tournament,” says Wendy Popkin, executive director of the Education Foundation for the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLAEF.) “As a career and technical education (CTE) curriculum, ProStart also teaches specific culinary and management skills needed by Oregon’s fifth largest employer, Leisure and Hospitality, as its 2nd fasting growing industry.
Currently 36 Oregon schools, with more than 3,000 students participate in the ProStart training program. Nationally, ProStart is taught in more than 1,700 schools across 50 states, Guam and U.S. military bases. This school year alone, over 118,000 students are enrolled.
For more information on how you can participate in or support this program, contact Wendy Popkin, executive director, ORLA Education Foundation, at 503.682.4422.