Awardees & Highlights from the 2019 ProStart Invitational, Washington, DC – May 8-10

Congratulations to all of the incredible ProStart student competitors for “igniting your passion” at this year’s National ProStart Invitational in Washington, DC. We applaud your hard work and dedication and thank the educators, parents, judges, volunteers and our supporters for making NPSI 2019 the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s best NPSI ever.

Video Highlights from the 2019 National ProStart Invitational


Out of a field of 46 Culinary Competition teams and 45 Restaurant Management Competition teams from across the nation, the following schools placed 1st to 5th in each category.

First Place – Culinary

Dr. Gene Burton College & Career Academy
Rockwall, Texas

First Place – Management

Ben Barber Innovation Academy
Mansfield, Texas

Second Place – Culinary

Herndon Career Center
Raytown, Missouri

Second Place – Management

East Ridge High School
Clermont, Florida

Third Place – Culinary

Anderson Career & Technology Center
Williamston, South Carolina

Third Place – Management

Provo High School
Provo, Utah

Fourth Place – Culinary

Passaic County Technical Institute
Wayne, New Jersey

Fourth Place – Management

Wilson Central High School
Lebanon, Tennessee

Fifth Place – Culinary

A.P. Leto High School
Tampa, Florida

Fifth Place – Management

Kalamazoo RESA
Kalamazoo, Michigan

ProStart Educators of Excellence Awards

New with 2019, the NRAEF’s ProStart Educators of Excellence Awards, was held in conjunction with the National ProStart Invitational (NPSI) Awards Ceremony

New Onsite Activations at NPSI 2019

During this year’s NPSI, we partnered to offer fun on-site activations for our ProStart students, educators, and other attendees who traveled to Washington, DC from across the country. From our “Share-A-Coke with ProStart” panel sessions with special DC culinary guests Chef Kwame Onwuachi, Rose Previte, Andrew Dana, and others, to cupcake decorating competitions with the talented Nicole Silva, we offered experiences to showcase the vast opportunities that exist for students looking towards bright futures in restaurants and foodservice.

See more about the NPSI events in our video gallery below and in photos posted to the ProStart Instagram feed.

NPSI Video Library

See all videos from NPSI 2019!

Save The Date! #NPSI2020

In 2020, the National ProStart Invitational will be held May 8-10 in Washington, DC, at the Washington Hilton.

See you there!

Thank You NPSI 2019 Sponsors & Exhibitors


Corporate Sponsors & Exhibitors

NPSI Scholarship Providers

American Express Art Institutes
Auntie Anne’s Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
Bloomin’ Brands Baker College – Culinary Institute of Michigan
Burger King McLamore Foundation Cal Poly Pomona – Collins College of Hospitality
Coca-Cola Company Culinary Institute of America
Ecolab Horry-Georgetown Technical College –
International Culinary Center of Myrtle Beach
Golden Corral Johnson & Wales University
Marriott International Louisiana Culinary Institute
McLane Foodservice Mississippi University for Women
National Restaurant Association New England Culinary Institute
Nestlé Professional Sullivan University
Oracle Food & Beverage Swiss Education Group
SAVOR University of Delaware – Department of Hospitality
Sodexo US Coast Guard
Sterno Walnut Hill College – The Restaurant School

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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