Competition prepares high school students to enter a career in culinary or hospitality management

3/6/2018 - The Utah Restaurant Association (URA) will hold it’s annual ProStart State Championship culinary and management competitions next week. The URA’s school-to-career program ProStart® prepared juniors and senior in high school to enter careers in culinary management or hospitality management within the restaurant industry.

The culinary competition includes 14 teams of four from around the state. Each team may only use two burners and no electricity to prepare a three-course meal consisting of a first course, entree and dessert. These teams have spent all year perfecting their recipes and skills, practicing after school and on the weekends when necessary.

The teen chefs are scored by floor judges on techniques such as knife skills, mis-en-place, menu execution, intelligent plating, sanitation, uniforms, teamwork and food safety among other things. Thirty-two high schools competed at regional competitions around the state and the teams with the highest scored from each region will compete. Representing in the culinary competition are Canyon View, Cedar City, Desert Hills, Pine View, Brighton, Tooele, Provo, Salem Hills, Westlake, Mountain View, Roy, Bonneville, Clearfield, and Granite Technical Institute.

ProStart is a two-year high school program with curriculum created by the nation's top industry professionals and taught in classrooms to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders. 

Winners will compete in the national competition on April 27th--29th, 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island where they will compete against all 50 states and other US territories.  

The Utah ProStart State Culinary and Management competitions will take place on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM in Sandy, Utah at the Mountain America Exposition Center (formerly South Towne Expo). They are open to the public. 

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