National ProStart Invitational

May 2–4, 2023

2023 National ProStart Invitational logoThe National ProStart Invitational® (NPSI) returned to Washington, DC May 2–4.

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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.

For more information on how to get involved, contact

NPSI 2023

May 2–4, 2023
Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009

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 management competitions are awarded generous educational scholarships to help further their careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry. In 2022, more than $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.

NPSI 2024 Sponsorship Opportunities

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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.

Go to Coordinators page

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

Save The Date! #NPSI2024

In 2024, the National ProStart Invitational will be held April 26-28 in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Marriott Baltimore Waterfront.

See you there!