PROSTART® HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sunday, March 18, 2018 | Salem Convention Center
Every spring students put their skills to the ultimate test at the Oregon ProStart® High School Championships, vying for a spot at the National ProStart Invitational and a chance to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships. This year's event was February 19, 2017, at the Salem Convention Center. Read more.
Oregon's ProStart High School Championships, an event produced by ORLA’s Education Foundation and made possible by the generous contributions of the sponsors below, is the capstone project for the career and technical education (CTE) foodservice training program, ProStart.
Currently 36 Oregon schools, with more than 3,000 students participate in the ProStart training program. Internationally, ProStart includes 137,300 students in 1,768 schools and technical centers across the United States, Guam, Europe, and Asia.
How the Competition Works
It’s the culmination of a series of state/regional competitions hosted by partner state restaurant associations and other ProStart partners. Winning teams from these events move on to compete at the National ProStart Invitational in two events: the Culinary Competition and the Management Competition.
Management teams develop a concept for a new restaurant and present it to judges from industry and post-secondary education. Students are evaluated on their concept, marketing strategies, menu, recipes and food costs, operations and critical thinking skills.
Culinary teams develop a unique menu for a three-course meal, complete with recipes and food costs, and prepare that meal in 60 minutes using two butane burners—with no electricity or running water. They are evaluated on their menu, degree of difficulty, food safety and sanitation, knife skills, cooking procedures, food costing, teamwork, taste and presentation of their meal.
National Competition Rewards
The top five teams in each event (culinary and management) receive trophies, medals and scholarships to further their careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry.
Competing students also have the opportunity to network with one another and with leaders of the nation’s restaurant and foodservice industry to discuss the many opportunities in store for them after high school.
Thanks to our sponsors and supporters:
Student Star Sponsor
“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.”
High School Sponsors
Harvest Restaurant Consultants - North Eugene High School