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  • May 10, 2019

Overheard at NPSI: “Restaurant Tech is Cool!” and Other Tidbits

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:

  1. “This point of sale is really cool.” During our “fastest order entry” competition, the students were able to explore Simphony POS.  I was excited to see the wheels turning in one student’s head as he came to understand the relationship between front of the house order entry and back of the house kitchen display systems.
  2. “You can’t have a successful quick service restaurant these days without a mobile ordering app.” This student makes a great point. Giving customers multiple ways of ordering as well as added convenience is key to staying competitive in the restaurant industry today.
  3. “If I had to describe the restaurant industry in one word I would choose ‘passion’. This industry is my dream, and what I love to do.” This is a great example of the type of students at this competition. They are driven. They are hardworking. And they are passionate – and it shows.

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.

Learn more about Oracle Food and Beverage and Oracle Simphony Restaurant POS on our website!

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