By KAROLYN GEPHART
Glenda Dawson High School won the Texas ProStart restaurant management state championship. The team will now advance to Rhode Island to compete at the National ProStart Invitational.
DHS competed as one of 12 restaurant management team finalists gathered in San Antonio at St. Philip’s College for the final battle of the Texas ProStart Invitational.
The National ProStart Invitational, will be April 27-29 in Providence, Rhode Island. There, the DHS team will compete against approximately 400 students from ProStart teams throughout the country.
Texas is home to the nation’s largest state ProStart competition. Now in its 9th year, the competition hosted more than 340 students from 75 high schools and 103 teams, via two rigorous regional competitions and one state final competition over the course of three months.
In the Texas ProStart program there are currently 254 Texas high schools participating, with more than 25,000 students.
The DHS team had to develop and present a business proposal for a new restaurant concept that includes a defined concept, supporting menu and marketing plan. They prepared a comprehensive written proposal and they are evaluated on their critical thinking skills by reacting to potential management challenges.
This marks the first time DHS has placed for Nationals after years of competing at State Finals.
“I am so proud of to have a group of students so dedicated to the process, and to their concept representing the state of Texas at Nationals,” DHS Culinary Arts Instructor Sean Dunn said. “Each one of the young ladies on this team is overjoyed with the opportunity to learn from the judges and leaders in the industry they love and want their career to mirror in the near future.”
The National ProStart Invitational is produced by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF). Only students enrolled in high school culinary arts programs utilizing the ProStart program and curriculum are eligible to compete.
At Nationals, the top five teams from the culinary and management competitions are awarded educational scholarships to help further their careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry.
In 2017, more than $1 million in scholarships was awarded to students by the NRAEF and leading academic institutions.