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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2016

State High School Culinary and Management Competition Results Announced

26 schools and 133 high school students put their culinary and management skills to the test in the 15th Anniversary ProStart® Invitational at the Midwest Foodservice Expo on March 8th at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.

The ProStart Invitational is open to students participating in the ProStart program at their high school. The Invitational includes a management competition and a culinary competition.  In the management competition, students demonstrate their knowledge of the hospitality industry by developing a business proposal for a new restaurant concept.  The proposal includes written and oral presentations, as well as a visual display. For the culinary competition, students have one hour to prepare a three-course meal. Students are judged by foodservice industry professionals and college educators on teamwork, presentation, cooking procedures, knife skills and sanitation.

Pulaski High School won first place in the culinary competition (instructor Liz Moehr). Wilmot High School won second place (instructor Jennifer Jacobson). Fond du Lac High School won third place (instructor Stephanie Fox).

Franklin High School won first place in the management competition (instructors Gail Champion and Linda Krause). Badger High School won second place (instructor Russ Tronsen). Pulaski High School won third place (instructor Liz Moehr).

Neenah High School won the Best Beef Entrée contest sponsored by the Wisconsin Beef Council. Badger High School won the Best Knife Skills contest.

The ProStart Invitational is a showcase of the young talent in Wisconsin’s growing foodservice industry.  Nearly $500,000 in scholarships was awarded to competition winners. The winning team in each of the two competitions goes on to compete in the 15th Annual National ProStart Invitational in Dallas, Texas April 29 through May 1, 2016.

The following high schools participated in the Wisconsin ProStart Student Invitational Culinary Competition.

Badger (Lake Geneva)
Beloit Memorial
Fond du Lac
Franklin
Greendale
James Madison Memorial
Lincoln (Wisconsin Rapids)
Madison East
Madison West
Neenah
Parkview (Orfordville)
Pewaukee
Plymouth
Portage
Pulaski
Spencer
Sun Prairie
Union Grove
Waunakee
Wautoma
Wauwatosa East
Wauwatosa West
West Bend
Westosha Central (Salem)
Wilmot

The following high schools participated in the Wisconsin ProStart Student Invitational Management Competition.

Badger (Lake Geneva)
Edgar
Franklin
Neenah
Pewaukee
Pulaski
Sun Prairie
Lincoln (Wisconsin Rapids)

An additional 20 high schools were in attendance at the Midwest Foodservice Expo to observe the ProStart competition and learn more about the foodservice industry.

The Wisconsin ProStart Invitational is made possible by the generous support of these sponsors: Gordon Food Service, Culver's VIP Foundation, Vollrath and the Wisconsin Beef Council.

The ProStart program, administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and state restaurant associations, is a two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. When students meet academic standards, complete a checklist of competencies, and participate in at least 400 hours of a mentored work experience, they are awarded the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement that signifies they are well qualified to enter the industry workforce.

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The WRA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1987 and is one of the nation’s largest state restaurant association foundations. The Foundation vision is to advance professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.

The ProStart® program, administered by National Restaurant Association Solutions, LLC and state restaurant associations, is a college-prep, two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid internships where industry managers mentor them.

 
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