Chef Ron Ossi
Advisor
Culinary
Chef Celeste Zaleski
Advisor
Management

ProStart – Preparation for National Invitational

The National ProStart Invitational® (NPSI) is the country's premier secondary school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. Annually, nearly 400 student competitors put their skills to the test in front of industry leaders, NRAEF Trustees, state restaurant associations, and family and friends - all with hopes of earning coveted scholarships from the nation's best culinary and restaurant management programs.

Students must impress judges from leading industry corporations, colleges and universities with skills they've developed through ProStart. The National ProStart Invitational is composed of two distinct competitions - management and culinary. Students must be part of Culinary Arts Program to join.


Culinary

The culinary competition highlights each team's creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners, and without access to running water or electricity. Students are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation.

Management

Management teams develop a proposal for the next promising restaurant concept and present it to a panel of industry judges. Their problem solving skills are tested as they quickly solve challenges faced by managers daily.