The National ProStart Invitational® is a national secondary school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. Annually, 350 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 a coveted scholarship from one of the nation’s largest culinary and restaurant management programs.
How the Competition Works
The National ProStart Invitational is the finale of an expansive series of state and DoDEA region competitions hosted by partner state restaurant associations. For each respective competition – culinary or management – students must impress judges from leading industry corporations, colleges, and universities with skills they’ve developed through ProStart.
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. This year, more than $1 million in scholarships was awarded to students by the NRAEF and leading academic institutions.
Two Challenging Competitions
The National ProStart Invitational is composed of two distinct competitions – management and culinary – that showcase the most important skills needed on either side of the restaurant and foodservice industry.
Management teams develop a proposal for a unique restaurant concept and present it to a industry judges. Problem solving skills are tested as they address 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.