Teen Culinary Prodigies Show Off Expertise at Annual Boyd Coffee ProStart Invitational


Contact: Heather Donahoe
Public Relations Coordinator

OLYMPIA, Wash.—Budding culinary masterminds from high schools throughout Washington will suit up in their chef garb and wield the tools of the trade March 6 at the tenth annual Boyd Coffee ProStart Invitational at South Seattle Community College.

During this scrimmage of culinary and restaurant management skill, teams of students from 22 Washington high schools will be pitted against each other to battle it out for top honors and hard-earned bragging rights. Multiple scholarships, along with the first-place honor of a place at the National ProStart National Invitational in Overland Park, Kan. April 30 – May 2 are up for grabs this year.

In its tenth year, the Boyd Coffee ProStart Invitational gives future restaurant industry leaders a platform for demonstrating their understanding of the foodservice industry. The student culinary teams will compete in contests challenging their knife skills, preparation techniques and presentations skills. Meanwhile, the restaurant management teams will display their comprehension of the restaurant business model by developing an entire restaurant concept and design from start to finish.

“The enthusiasm these students have for the restaurant industry is inspiring” said Anthony Anton, president and CEO of the Washington Restaurant Association. “I’m always eager to watch the future leaders of our industry in action at such a young age.”

ProStart is a restaurant school-to-career program taught in Washington high schools through the Washington Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The ProStart curriculum is nationally accredited and prepares students for successful careers in the foodservice industry.

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