Congratulations to our state ProStart champions!

This year, the competition was held at Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle on March 4.

The management team of Bonney Lake High School took home the trophy in their category. The team’s concept was a restaurant called “Wish” and featured dishes popularized by Disney movies.

The team’s members are:

  • Emily McCullough
  • Mira Tynes
  • KellyJo Hammond
  • Educator: Kahale Ahina
  • Mentor: Dan Corekin

The culinary team of Newport High School in Bellevue, Wash., took home the trophy. The team, cooking without electricity or running water, created a menu featuring fresh Northwest ingredients, such as Waygu beef and oysters.

The team’s members are:

  • Armaan Virk
  • Porter Neauman
  • Wesley Zhang
  • Brady Talich
  • Cameron Poad
  • Educator: Tracy Green
  • Educator: Ashley Choi
  • Mentor: Justin Lee

Both teams travel to Washington, D.C., from May 2-4 to compete in the National ProStart Invitational.

Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton interviewed both teams for the CEO Podcast. You can listen to it here or wherever you get your podcasts. Just search for “Washington Hospitality Association Industry Podcast.”