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California Sweeps Culinary and Management Competitions at the 10th Annual National ProStart Invitational

(Chicago) Newport Harbor High School set a record by winning both the culinary and management competitions at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's (NRAEF) 10th Annual National ProStart Invitational. The high school student teams from California were crowned champions on May 1, 2011 in Overland Park, Kan. The NRAEF and partner colleges and universities awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships to the first- through fifth-place teams to pursue their education in foodservice and hospitality programs.

 

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(Chicago) Newport Harbor High School set a record by winning both the culinary and management competitions at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's (NRAEF) 10th Annual National ProStart Invitational. The high school student teams from California were crowned champions on May 1, 2011 in Overland Park, Kan. The NRAEF and partner colleges and universities awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships to the first- through fifth-place teams to pursue their education in foodservice and hospitality programs.

The National ProStart Invitational consists of two competitions - management and culinary - and teams must win first place at the state level to advance to the national event. In this fast-paced competition, teams demonstrated their culinary skills and knowledge of restaurant management before nearly 1,000 fellow students, educators, mentors, state restaurant association representatives, industry professionals and NRAEF Trustees.

The talented students from Newport Harbor High School beat out 315 other ProStart high school students from 40 states and territories to rise to the top. In the ten years since the National ProStart Invitational debuted, California is the first state to place first in both the culinary and management competitions.

"In a field of talented ProStart competitors, these teams from California rose to the top based on the creativity, skill and passion they displayed throughout this high-energy competition," said Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO, National Restaurant Association and NRAEF. "All the student competitors proved why they are the champions within their state, and why the industry's future is secure in their hands."

The team from Newport Harbor High School in California took home first place in the culinary competition. Olathe District Schools of Kansas earned second place honors, and South Forsyth High School of Georgia came in third place. Fourth place honors were awarded to Wando High School in South Carolina and Puyallup High School of Washington took home fifth place. In the culinary competition, teams prepared a starter, entrée and dessert within 60 minutes using only two butane burners, and were judged on categories including taste, knife skills, safety, sanitation and teamwork.

In the management competition, Newport Harbor High School in California took top honors above second place Cloudcroft High School of New Mexico. The team from Watauga High School in North Carolina won third place. Fourth and fifth places were awarded to Plymouth-Canton Educational Park of Michigan and Eastside High School in Florida, respectively. Teams developed an original restaurant concept, and applied critical thinking skills to challenges restaurant managers face in day-to-day operations.

Click here to view or download photos of the winners.

ProStart - the NRAEF's proven, high-impact program for high school students - reaches more than 90,000 students in 1,700 high schools across 45 states, Guam, and U.S. military bases. It brings industry and the classroom together to give students a platform to discover new interests and talents and open doors for fulfilling careers.

The NRAEF will award scholarships to students on the first- through fifth-place winning teams in both competitions, in addition to scholarships offered by sponsoring colleges and universities. In 2011, more than $1 million in scholarships will be awarded to winning students on Sunday, May 1st.

From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart's industry-driven curriculum provides real-world educational opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime. By bringing industry and the classroom together, ProStart gives students a platform to discover new interests and talents and opens doors for fulfilling careers. It all happens through a curriculum that teaches all facets of the restaurant and foodservice industry, inspires students to succeed and sets a high standard of excellence for students and the industry. With national and local support from industry members, educators, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and state restaurant associations, ProStart reaches 90,000 students nationwide. For more information on the ProStart program, please visit prostart.restaurant.org or find us on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube.

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