National ProStart Invitational

Washington, DC l May 8-10, 2019

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.

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 abilites through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 mintutes, 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 2018, 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.

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.

2019 state competition schedule

Where to End Up

The 2019 National ProStart Invitational will be held in Washington, DC on May 8-10, 2019.

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2018 National ProStart Invitational Winners

Culinary Competition


First Place

Team Missouri from Herndon Career Center

Second Place

Team Texas from Rockwall High School

Third Place

Team South Carolina from Anderson Career and Technology Center

Fourth Place

Team New Jersey from Passaic County Technical Institute

Fifth Place

Team Michigan from Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northwest

Restaurant Management Competition


First Place

Team Connecticut from Wilbur Cross High School

Second Place

Team North Carolina from North Buncombe High School

Third Place

Team Tennessee from Wilson Central High School

Fourth Place

Team Massachusetts from Carver Middle High School

Fifth Place

Team Colorado from Grandview High School

Our Supporters who Sponsor the Invitational

The Burger King McLamore Foundation gave $1,000 to each member of the 1st through 5th place winning teams at NPSI in 2018.

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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

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