High School Culinary & Management Teams from Around the State Compete In TV-Style ProStart® Championships
After Two-Year Hiatus, Oregon High School Culinary and Management Teams Return to Compete In Statewide Championships
High school teams will compete in statewide culinary and management competitions at the Oregon Hospitality Foundation’s Oregon ProStart Championships. Culinary teams of four students prepare a 3-course gourmet meal in 60 minutes using only two butane burners and are evaluated by a team of professional chef judges. Five teams of four students will present their new restaurant concept to a panel of industry professionals in a simulated business exposition in the management competition.
Monday, March 13, 2023, 8:00am -2:00pm (Awards dinner 5-7:00pm); schedule is posted online at OregonRLA.org/championships
Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97301
To help high school students jump start culinary and hospitality careers, the Oregon Hospitality Foundation (OHF) supports educators and schools offering ProStart, a national career and technical education (CTE) curriculum and program developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Teaching culinary, teamwork, and management skills needed by restaurant, hospitality and foodservice employers, the Oregon ProStart Championships is the capstone of this two-year program, providing a public opportunity for students to showcase what they have learned.
Of the 40 Oregon high school programs, currently involving over 4,000 ProStart students, a total of 13 teams from 10 high schools will compete in this event. The culinary competition runs 10:00am -1:00pm where chef judges evaluate culinary teams on taste, presentation, knife skills, and teamwork.
The management competition runs from 1:15-2:15 p.m. where teams are evaluated on their concept, marketing strategies, menu, recipes and food costs, operations, and critical thinking skills.
Winners of both competitions will be announced at the awards dinner program starting at 5:00pm. Students vie for a share of thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes, plus, state winners will compete in the National ProStart Invitational May 2-4, 2023, in Washington, D.C.
Sponsoring organizations partnering with the Oregon Hospitality Foundation include: DoorDash, Bandon Dunes, Ecolab, McDonald Wholesale, The Grand Hotel in Salem, Salem Convention Center, Swire-Coca Cola, and Zwilling J.A. Henckels.
The following high schools / programs are scheduled to compete:
ProStart, one of the nation’s largest industry-supported career technical education (CTE) programs, teaches students lifetime skills such as communication, teamwork, time management, and professionalism while also imparting culinary skills that can help them achieve long term, successful careers in the foodservice and hospitality sector.
The Oregon Hospitality Foundation (OHF) was formed in 1992 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity of the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association with a mission to support the workforce, educational, training, and philanthropic needs of Oregon’s hospitality industry. Its work is enabled by the generous support of partners, private donations, contracts, and grants. The foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of respected industry professionals.