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Dignitaries at the Expo

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, State Superintendent of Schools Tony Evers, Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett and Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson were among the high-profile dignitaries that visited the Midwest Foodservice Expo in 2014.


Stephanie Klett, Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary visited the Expo on Monday, March 10 to guest judge the College Culinary Arts Competition. Following the competition, Sec. Klett thoroughly enjoyed herself touring the show floor.

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Sec. Klett had a great time as tasting judge for the college-level culinary competition.
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A picture of her favorite dessert, created by
Fox Valley Technical College.
After judging, Sec. Klett had fun with a “hunk a’ meat”
in the exhibit hall.

Tony Evers, Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin, visited the Expo on Tuesday, March 11 to participate in the ProStart Invitiational for high school students. While at the show, Mr. Evers guest judged the Management and Culinary components of the competition and witnessed first-hand the value ProStart provides to schools and the future of our state.

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ProStart Invitational emcee Chef Michael Feker gave Tony Evers a warm welcome to the Expo.

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Tony Evers received media attention while at the Expo.

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Helping judge the Culinary competition.

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Mr. Evers assisted with judging the Management competition.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker visited the Expo on Tuesday, March 11 to view the ProStart Invitiational for high school students and see the state’s largest foodservice industry trade show first-hand. While at the show, Gov. Walker witnessed the Management component of the competition and was able to taste food prepared during the Culinary component. Gov. Walker was able to see the value the ProStart program adds to high school curriculum and the tools and skills it provides students as they prepare to enter the workforce.

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Gov. Walker is greeted by WRA Chairwoman Ada Lara Thimke and past WRA Chairman Charlie Gray. Gov. Walker tasted the entrée of the 1st place culinary team, Badger High School.
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Gov. Walker watched the critical thinking portion of the Nekoosa High School management team, which placed 3rd in the competition. Numerous media were present to get comments from the Governor about his experience at the event.
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Victoria Bouris, who was part of last year’s National ProStart Invitational first place championship management team, had the opportunity to talk face-to-face with Gov. Walker. The Governor also met many other students, teachers and industry suppliers (pictured below) and graciously showed his support for the foodservice industry.
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