Winners & Highlights

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 2023 the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s best NPSI ever.

Video Highlights from the 2023 National ProStart Invitational

NPSI 2023 Award Winners

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

2023 NPSI culinary 1st-place champions from Plymouth Canton Educational Park in Canton, Michigan. Team Members: Carmen Hensley, Charles Salowich, Mazin Ahmed, Sophie Dorado, Yamir Garver

First Place – Culinary

Plymouth Canton Educational Park
Canton, Michigan
Educator: Diana Woodward
Team Members: Carmen Hensley, Charles Salowich, Mazin Ahmed, Sophie Dorado, Yamir Garver

First Place – Management

Wilbur Cross High School
New Haven, Connecticut
Educator: Nathaniel Bradshaw
Team Members: Jailyn Gonzalez, Adam Sharqawe, Paulette Jara, Charlotte Buterbaugh

Second Place – Culinary

Caesar Rodney High School
Camden, Delaware
Educator: Riki Senn
Team Members: Shannon Powell, Melia Stamper, Ralph Figueroa, Leah Kirsch, Kai Bernard

Second Place – Management

Ben Barber Innovation Academy
Mansfield, Texas
Educator: Jacque Baker-Roberson
Team Members: Griffin Biddle, Eden Pena-Card, Bella Penns, Logan Ceraul

Third Place – Culinary

Newport High School
Bellevue, Washington
Educator: Tracy Green
Team Members: Brady Talich, Armann Virk, Wesley Zhang, Cameron Poad, Porter Neuman

Third Place – Management

San Dimas High School
San Dimas, California
Educator: Nick Brandler
Team Members: Christina Jones, Gabriel Costa, Joshua Wong, Wilson Chen, Alec Joseph

Fourth Place – Culinary

Anderson Career & Technology Center
Williamston, South Carolina
Educator: Chris Moree
Team Members: Cooper Moore, Deanna Freeman, Alexis Nauss, Victoria Riddle, Miguel Garcia

Fourth Place – Management

Andover Central High School
Andover, Kansas
Educator: Lacey Woods
Team Members: Nevaeh Fields, Jordan Fleske, Hayley Boatright, Maddie Stowell

Fifth Place – Culinary

Broadmoor Bistro @ The Center for Academic Achievement
Overland Park, Kansas
Educator: Steve Venne
Team Members: Faith Xiong, Lucy Hutton, Brooke Beauchamp, Josh Gardner, Keegan Bachert

Fifth Place – Management

Chalmette High School
Chalmette, Louisiana
Educator: Elena Hodges
Team Members: Ronnie Truong, Joshua Farrell, Frankie Padilla, Kim Nguyen, Vernon Patrick

Kellogg's snack wall with Tony the Tiger and ProStart students

Onsite Activations at #NPSI2023

During this year’s NPSI, we partnered with sponsors and exhibitors to offer fun on-site activations for our ProStart students, educators, and other attendees who traveled to Washington, DC from across the country. The the Coca-Cola ProStart Lounge provided a relaxing break from the competition with engaging activities, give-aways, official NPSI gear, and plenty space to kick back. The Career Expo featured ProStart Scholarship schools, NPSI sponsors, free professional headshots, and fun activations, such as the Kellogg’s Snack Wall. Students played an interactive badge game using the NPSI mobile app to help them experience showcases of the vast opportunities that exist for them looking towards bright futures in restaurants and foodservice.

See more about the NPSI events in our video gallery below and in photos and video posted to the ProStart Instagram feed and using the #NPSI2023 tag on Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, and LinkedIn.

2023 NPSI Expo University of Central Florida booth.

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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!

Thank You NPSI 2023 Sponsors & Exhibitors

American Culinary Federation
American Express
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
Buffalo Wild Wings
Burger King Foundation
Bush’s Best
Cal Poly Pomona – Collins College of Hospitality
Charley’s Kids Foundation
CliftonLarsonAllen Foundation
Coca-Cola Company
Culinary Institute of America
Darden Foundation
Forge To Table
Georgia Pacific Professional
Golden Corral
Great Lakes Culinary Institute
HMS Host
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Academy of Culinary Arts
Institute for Culinary Education
Johnson & Wales University
J. Williard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
Lyons Magnus
National Restaurant Association
Nation’s Restaurant News
Nestlé Professional
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Rachael Ray Foundation
University of Central Florida, Rosen College of Hospitality Management
University of Houston, Conrad N. Hilton College
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
US Coast Guard
Yum! Foundation

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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.

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