The Delaware ProStart® Student Invitational Returns

21 teams will compete this Friday, March 2, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.


Courtesy of Roy McDowell Photography


Over 100 students from 16 high schools across the state will meet in Wilmington on Friday, March 2, for the sixth Annual Delaware ProStart® Student Invitational. The 21 teams will compete to demonstrate culinary and management skills to panels of top industry judges at the Chase Center on the Riverfront from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will compete for the chance to represent Delaware at the National ProStart Invitational in April 2018, as well as access to over $2.5 million in available postsecondary scholarships.

Management teams will demonstrate their industry knowledge by developing a restaurant proposal, delivering a verbal presentation and applying critical thinking skills to challenges managers face in day-to-day operations. Teams participating in the culinary competition must demonstrate their creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes using only two butane burners. The performance management and culinary teams are observed and rated by panels of judges, comprised of industry leaders and education professionals.

In 2017 William Penn High School, St. Georges Vo-Tech High School and Caesar Rodney High School won first, second and third place respectively in the culinary category; William Penn High School, Cape Henlopen High School and Howard Vo-Tech High School won first, second and third place respectively in the management cateogry.

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