We’re here in Washington, D.C. this week for the 2019 National ProStart Invitational, a premier secondary school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. This event is the grand culmination of intense work, practice, and competition on the part of over 400 students – making it, in essence, the “Superbowl” of high school hospitality education.
The event is comprised of a culinary competition and a management competition, with peripheral activities including entrepreneurship panels featuring industry experts, a cupcake decorating challenge, a pretzel making demo, and a business expo where we ran a “fastest order entry into the restaurant POS” competition.
The students' excitement is palpable, and I have really enjoyed getting to interact with this high-spirited bunch. Over the course of the event I have heard some pretty cool stuff from them: some impressive; some surprising; and some funny. Here are the highlights:
With such extraordinary people learning (and perfecting) the restaurant industry ropes through the ProStart Program, the future of hospitality is bright. Oracle Food and Beverage is proud to be a part of such an awesome organization and event, and honestly, so am I.