Washington Hilton Hotel | Washington, DC l May 8-10, 2020

The National ProStart Invitational® (NPSI) is the country's premier secondary school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. Annually, nearly 400 student competitors put their skills to the test in front of industry leaders, NRAEF Trustees, state restaurant associations, and family and friends - all with hopes of earning coveted scholarships from the nation's best culinary and restaurant management programs.

NPSI Registration is Now Open!

NPSI 2020 Accommodations

Rooms are now available at the Washington Hilton for NPSI 2020.

  • Competing teams: please contact your state ProStart Coordinator to reserve rooms.
  • Family, friends, and supporters: please click here to reserve your room.
  • If rooms are sold out, checking back soon! More will be added weekly.

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How The Competition Works

Students must impress judges from leading industry corporations, colleges and universities with skills they've developed through ProStart. The National ProStart Invitational is composed of two distinct competitions - management and culinary.


Management teams develop a proposal for the next promising restaurant concept and present it to a panel of industry judges. Their problem solving skills are tested as they quickly solve challenges faced by managers daily.


The culinary competition highlights each team's creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners, and without access to running water or electricity. Students are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation.

What Do You Win?

The top five teams from the culinary and managment competitions are awarded generous educational scholarships to help further their careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry. In 2019, almost $200,000 in scholarships were awarded to winning students.

All competitors are encouraged to take full advantage of competing at the National ProStart Invitational by networking with other students and industry professionals in attendance.

See 2019 Winners & Highlights Here
See 2018 Winners Here

Where to Begin

NPSI is the finale of a nationwide series of state competitions hosted by partner state restaurant associations. To get to the National ProStart Invitational, first find out when and where your state competion is happening.

2020 state competition schedule

Where to End Up

The 2020 National ProStart Invitational will be held on May 8-10 in Washington, DC.

Registration is Open Now!


NPSI 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities

Elevate your brand, company mission, and organizational goals to an audience of fellow industry executives and the best of the restaurant industry’s next generation.

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Have Questions?

If you are an educator, mentor, chaperone, parent or school administrator, please contact your
ProStart State Coordinator with questions.


If you are a judge, development guest, board member, exhibitor, post-secondary school, or SRA rep, please direct questions to your NRAEF contact or to prostart@nraef.org

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