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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2013

State High School Culinary and Management Competition Results Announced

29 schools and 151 high school students put their culinary and management skills to the test in the ProStart® Invitational at the Wisconsin Restaurant Expo on March 12, 2013.

This competition for students participating in the ProStart program at their high school consists of two components: 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.

Sun Prairie High School won first place in the Culinary Competition (instructor Gerry Fritsch). Badger High School in Lake Geneva won second place (instructor Russ Tronsen). Sheboygan North High School won third place (instructor Connie Check).

Badger High School in Lake Geneva won first place in the Management Competition (instructor Russ Tronsen). Sun Prairie High School won second place (instructor Gerry Fritsch). Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids won third place (instructor Lynn Borski).

The ProStart Invitational is a showcase of the young talent in Wisconsin’s growing foodservice industry.  Over $800,000 in scholarships was awarded to competitors.  The winning team in each of the two competitions will go on to compete in the National ProStart® Invitational in Baltimore Maryland April 19-21, 2013.

The Wisconsin ProStart Invitational is made possible by the generous support of these sponsors:
US Foodservice (gold sponsor)
Culver's VIP Foundation (national trip and management sponsor)
Vollrath (culinary competition sponsor)
Ecolab (sanitation sponsor)

The following high schools had teams participating in the Wisconsin ProStart Student Invitational:

Badger High (Lake Geneva)
Baraboo
Fond du Lac
Greendale
Horace Mann (North Fond du Lac)
Lincoln (Wisconsin Rapids)
Madison Memorial
Madison West
Neenah
Parkview (Orfordville)
Portage
Preble
Pulaski
Sheboygan North
Sheboygan South
Shorewood
Stevens Point
Stoughton
Sun Prairie
Verona
Washington High School (Milwaukee)
Watertown
Waunakee
Wautoma
Wauwatosa East
West Bend West
Wetosha
Wilmot
Wisconsin Dells

An additional 11 high schools were in attendance at the Wisconsin Restaurant Expo to observe the ProStart competition and learn more about the foodservice industry.

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.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid internships where industry managers mentor them.  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 WRA EF 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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