12 Student Culinary Teams Advance to State Finals

The competition sizzled at the 2018 Texas ProStart Invitational Competition at Collin County College in Frisco. The first of two regional Texas ProStart competitions, 12 teams emerged victorious and will advance to the state finals, to be held at St. Phillip’s College in San Antonio, Saturday, March 23 and 24, for the chance to represent Texas at the National ProStart Invitational.

All schools are participants in Texas ProStart, an industry-based culinary arts and hospitality program and curriculum. Produced by the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF), the Texas ProStart competitions are the largest in the country, with more than 320 students competing in either culinary or restaurant management in all competitions. In Frisco, 20 Texas high schools sent a total of 28 teams, (19 culinary and nine restaurant management) to compete.

Ultimately, the top six teams from each category in each regional (Frisco and Houston) will advance to the Texas ProStart State Final competition in March (San Antonio). The winning teams from the state finals then advance to represent Texas at the National ProStart Invitational, which is being held in Providence, Rhode Island, April 27-29.

Winning teams:

1. Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality at Byron Nelson High School
2. Ben Barber Innovation Academy
3. Azle High School
4. West Mesquite High School
5. Royse City High School
6. Castleberry High School

1. Ben Barber Innovation Academy
2. Royse City High School
3. Dubiski Career High School
4. Trimble Technical High School
5. John Horn High School
6. North Mesquite High School

Texas ProStart is an industry-based high school culinary arts and restaurant management program that prepares students for careers. Currently, the program is in over 235 Texas high schools, reaching more than 20,000 students annually. 

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