Team “Top Chef” Competition will have 12 Schools Competing
With the hope of impressing top culinary judges from around the country and winning college scholarships, culinary students from 12 Maryland high schools will meet at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on March 24, 2017 to compete in the 13th annual Maryland ProStart Student Invitational (MPSI).
Hosted by the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation (RAMEF), MPSI will provide Maryland’s top culinary and restaurant management students with the opportunity to compete for college scholarships and win the right to represent the state of Maryland at the National ProStart Invitational.
“Thanks to the generosity of the restaurant industry and its supporters, these students will have the opportunity of a lifetime at their fingertips,” said Will Robinson, Chairman of the RAMEF Board of Directors. “They are competing for scholarship money that rivals what is seen in high school sports and music programs.”
At MPSI, high school teams will display their culinary skills, management ability and knowledge of the foodservice industry. Each culinary team must plan and cook a three-course meal to be scrutinized by a panel of judges. They will have one hour to prepare an appetizer, entrée and dessert from scratch. Judges will score on proper food safety and sanitation procedures, cooking methods, food taste, teamwork and menu difficulty. In the management competition, students will create a business proposal for a brand new restaurant. The proposal will consist of a defined restaurant concept, accompanying menu, restaurant layout, employee organization chart and a marketing plan to promote their new restaurant. Teams will present their concept to a panel of judges who will score them on their understanding of the restaurant industry, creativity, restaurant management knowledge and overall business acumen.
Participating teams are all a part of the nationwide ProStart® program implemented by more than 60 schools in Maryland. RAMEF, in partnership with the National Restaurant Association, established the program to prepare high school students for careers in the foodservice and hospitality industry.
“ProStart teaches students the culinary and management skills necessary to compete for the best jobs,” said Jessica Waller, Executive Director of RAMEF. “ProStart students are well on their way to becoming the next great chefs, owners of restaurants and managers of top resorts in Maryland.”
The First-Place teams from the culinary and management competitions will go on to represent the state of Maryland at the National ProStart Invitational on April 29th in Charleston, SC.
The following schools are scheduled to compete:
Annapolis High School
Arundel High School
Glen Burnie High School
George Washington Carver Center
Sollers Point Technical High School
Northeast High School
Gaithersburg High School
Prince George’s County
Bladensburg High School
Bowie High School
C.H. Flowers High School
Duval High School
Gwynn Park High School
More information can be found at marylandrestaurants.com.