ORLAEF'S PROSTART INVITATIONAL
March 2, 2020 | Salem Convention Center
Every spring students put their skills to the ultimate test at the ORLAEF’s ProStart® Invitational, the capstone event for the career and technical education (CTE) foodservice training program, ProStart. The event is hosted by the Education Foundation of the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLAEF) and made possible by generous contributions from industry supporters including Sysco, Title Sponsor of the Invitational.
High school ProStart teams from across Oregon gather to compete in two distinct events: the Culinary Competition and the Management Competition. Stakes are high as teams vie for scholarships and a chance to travel to Washington, D.C. for the National ProStart Invitational.
Want to volunteer? Contact Wendy Popkin, Executive Director, at WPopkin@OregonRLA.org with questions on how to be more involved in this event and the ProStart program.
Thank you 2020 Major Sponsors:
2019 PROSTART INVITATIONAL RESULTS
Willamette High School won top honors in the culinary competition at the ORLAEF ProStart Invitational, sponsored by Sysco Portland on March 18, 2019 in Salem. The team from South Salem High School took first in the management team competition and swept up two category awards for concept and professional presentation. Both first place teams competed in the 2019 National ProStart Invitational® May 8-10, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
The top three teams in each competition received awards and scholarships to further their careers in the restaurant and food industry. Total scholarship prizes offered for both culinary and management team winners placing 1st-3rd exceeds $547,500! Every student on first place teams earned scholarships at each of six schools, a total value of $23,000.
In addition to competition placements, ProStart and Category awards were also presented at the ceremony.
2019 ProStart awards:
2019 Category awards:
“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.”