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Pennsylvania ProStart Student Invitational
ProStart® is a nationwide program for high school students that develops their talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice industry leaders. PRLA and our Educational Foundation annually host a competition for Pennsylvania ProStart students to showcase their culinary talents and creativity.
How does the competition work?
The Pennsylvania ProStart Student Invitational (PAPSI) is composed of two distinct competitions—management and culinary—that showcase the most important skills needed on either side of the restaurant and foodservice industry.
The management teams develop a proposal for the next promising restaurant concept and present it to a panel of industry judges. Next, their problem solving skills are tested as they quickly solve challenges faced by managers daily.
The culinary competition highlights each team's creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners, and without access to running water or electricity. Teams are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety, and sanitation.
2020 Competition Results
Students are vying for the chance to represent Pennsylvania at the National ProStart Student Invitational—the country's premier secondary school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. The first-place culinary and management teams from the state competition head to nationals in the spring.
Students also are competing for scholarships from some of the nation's finest culinary and restaurant management post-secondary institutions.
Exhibitors from both post-secondary institutions and potential future employers are present at the competition for students to network with and find out about opportunities for their future.
Register to attend
The competition is free to attend/observe, but registration is required. If you want to attend the awards luncheon (and find out who won), the cost is $25/person.
Seeking sponsors, volunteers, & exhibitors
There are numerous opportunities for industry members to get involved, from volunteering the day of the event to donating goods or swag for the students, to sponsoring. Download the PRLA member invite to learn how you can help.
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Showcase your company or program to ProStart teachers, students, parents, and industry leaders at the Pennsylvania ProStart Student Invitational. The $150 fee includes meals for 2 representatives, exhibit space, and the opportunity to include an item in the student gift bags. Register online or download the form and return.