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Fourteenth Annual Kansas Prostart Invitational Celebrates Another Competitive Year

Via: ReleaseWire

Updated 1:47 PM CDT, Thu, March 12,2015

Wichita, KS -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/12/2015 -- More than 100 students representing high schools from across the state demonstrated their mastery of restaurant leadership skills — culinary and management — in the fast-paced, fourteenth Annual Kansas ProStart Invitational. Top teams advance on to represent Kansas at the National ProStart Invitational.

Sponsored by the KRHA Educational Foundation (KRHAEF), this year's event was held on Tuesday, March 3-4 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport.

"These young adults represent the future of our industry," said Neely Carlson, KRHA's vice president of education and training. "The ProStart Invitational is an opportunity for students to showcase industry skills they learn in the classroom while vying for awards and scholarship money. The students have the opportunity to network with industry leaders and learn the skills necessary for a long-term career."

The Kansas ProStart Invitational is a highlight of the Restaurant Management Program (ProStart) curriculum sponsored by KRHAEF. Each year, the event grows and allows students to compete in two major categories — each of which requires intensive culinary and management skills.

Winners of the 2015 Kansas ProStart Invitational include:
1st – Olathe Public Schools, Team Edasia
2nd – Olathe Public Schools, Team A 'Rever
3rd – Maize High School, Team Ice
4th – Wichita Heights High School

Each team in the culinary event had one hour to demonstrate their creative abilities by preparing a three-course meal that was then judged by professionals from the foodservice industry. Teams are evaluated on taste, teamwork, safety and sanitation, among other skills. First place Team Edasia from Olathe will move on to compete at the annual National ProStart Invitational to be held on April 18-20 in Anaheim, CA.

1st – Olathe Public Schools
2nd – Wichita Northwest High School
3rd – Wichita Heights High School

Teams participating in the management competition were tested on their communication skills, as well as their ability to apply their knowledge of the restaurant and foodservice industry by developing a business proposal for a new restaurant concept. The first place team from Olathe will also move on to compete at the annual National ProStart Invitational.

While the culinary and management competitions qualify the winning teams for a spot at the National ProStart event, there are several additional competitions that allow other students to showcase their skills and talents.

Best Edible Arrangements
1st – Olathe Public Schools, Angelo Pei
2nd – Olathe Public Schools, Aylah Cadwell
3rd – Olathe Public Schools, Jose Rios-Rico
4th – Garden City High School, Marissa Hernandez

Students in the edible centerpiece competition demonstrate their creative abilities by preparing an edible centerpiece using fruits and vegetables.

Best Pork: Eudora High School, Team Endor
Best Beef: Wichita Heights High School
Best Knife Cuts: Noah Edkin with Maize High School

About KRHA
The Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association, founded in 1929, is the leading business association for restaurants, hotels, motels, country clubs, private clubs and allied business in Kansas. Along with the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association Education Foundation, the association works to represent, educate and promote the rapidly growing industry of hospitality in Kansas. For more information about the KRHA, visit

About ProStart
ProStart provides aspiring restaurateurs and chefs an in-depth assessment of the food and beverage industry. Designed for high school juniors and seniors, students must pass two comprehensive exams and complete 400 internship hours during the course of the curriculum. Those who successfully complete these programs can earn national certificates and qualify for scholarships to continue their education.

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