South Salem

Oregon ProStart Culinary Championships

February 27, 2016 | Chemeketa Community College, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem

Mark your calendar for the 2016 ProStart® Culinary Championships! Close to 110 Oregon Prostart® culinary students from 21 high schools from across the state create three-course gourmet meals using only two butane burners and without the benefit of electricity.

Viewing is free and open to the public. This year's event will be located on the campus of Chemeketa Community College, building #7 (gymnasium) on campus.

Students have the opportunity to win academic scholarships while the crowned state champion team earns a coveted spot in the National ProStart Invitational next spring. Curious? View a video from last year’s national competition
This event is the yearly capstone project for the career and technical education (CTE) foodservice training program, ProStart. 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 it 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.

Prostart Championships