Tuesday, March 10, 2009

HMEF hosts third annual ProStart Invitational

The Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation (HMEF) on Feb. 10 hosted the third annual HMEF Sysco ProStart Invitational at Sysco Minnesota in St. Paul, to provide high school juniors and seniors exposure to the foodservice industry through team-based culinary and academic competitions.

Nine teams consisting of junior and senior students enrolled in one of the six Minnesota ProStart high schools competed in a culinary competition and a management competition. In the culinary session, students prepared a three-course meal in 60 minutes, which was observed and rated by judges from post-secondary colleges and universities and the restaurant and foodservice industry. The gold medal team was Elk River High School.

In the management portion, students were tested on their communication skills and ability to apply their knowledge of the restaurant and foodservice industry to practical situations and competed in a question-and-answer portion. The gold medal team was Sauk Rapids-Rice High School. The winning team from each of the competitions will move on to represent Minnesota at the National ProStart Invitational in San Diego, Calif., April 23 to 26.

ProStart is a National Restaurant Association Solutions career-building program for high school students interested in culinary arts and foodservice management.