Mar 19, 2019

2019 ProStart Invitational Results

ProStart LogoHigh School Students Compete in State ProStart Competition Winners to Represent Wisconsin at National Competition

Twenty high schools and over 100 students put their culinary and management skills to the test at the ProStart® Invitational at the Midwest Foodservice Expo on March 12th at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.

This competition, for students participating in a ProStart program at their high school, consisted of two different competitions: a Management Competition and a Culinary Competition.

The Management Competition involved demonstrating their knowledge of the hospitality industry by developing a business proposal for a new restaurant concept.  The proposal included written and oral presentations, as well as visual displays.

For the Culinary Competition, students prepared a three course meal and were judged by foodservice industry professionals and college educators on teamwork, presentation, cooking procedures, knife skills and sanitation.

Greendale High School won first place in the Culinary Competition (instructor Kayla Correll). Pulaski High School won second place (instructor Liz Moehr). Badger High School in Lake Geneva won third place (instructor Angela Yager).

Pulaski High School won first place in the Management Competition (instructor Liz Moehr). Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids won second place (instructor Lynn Borski). Pewaukee High School won third place (instructor Ryan Demers).

The team from Badger High School in Lake Geneva won the Best Beef Entrée contest sponsored by the Wisconsin Beef Council. The team from Greendale High School won the Best Use of Chocolate Award sponsored by Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate.

The ProStart Invitational is a showcase of the young talent in Wisconsin’s growing foodservice industry.  Over $1.7 million in scholarships was awarded to competition winners.

The winning team in each of the two competitions is going on to compete in the 18th Annual National ProStart Invitational in Washington DC May 8-10th, 2019.

The following high schools participated in the Wisconsin ProStart Invitational Culinary Competition:

Badger (Lake Geneva)
James Madison Academic Campus (Milwaukee)
Madison East
Preble (Green Bay)

South Milwaukee
Sun Prairie
Union Grove
Wauwatosa East
Wauwatosa West
West Bend
Westosha Central (Salem)
Williams Bay

The following high schools competed in the Wisconsin ProStart Invitational Management Competition:
Lincoln (Wisconsin Rapids)

The Wisconsin ProStart Invitational is made possible by the generous support of these sponsors: Gordon Food Service, Culver's Foundation, Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate, the Wisconsin Beef Council and The Vollrath Company.

The ProStart program, administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and state restaurant associations, is a curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. When students meet academic standards, complete a checklist of competencies, and participate in at least 400 hours of a mentored work experience, they are awarded the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement that signifies they are well qualified to enter the industry workforce.