The 2022 PA ProStart Invitational will take place in State College on February 23. Registration and more information below.
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. We are excited to be back in person for the 2022 competition!
Teams will demonstrate their knowledge of the restaurant and foodservice industry by developing a business proposal for potential “investors” with a new restaurant concept. The business proposal will consist of a defined restaurant concept, supporting menu, and supporting marketing plan. Teams will prepare a comprehensive written proposal, and verbal presentation. Teams will also be tested on their critical thinking skills by reacting to potential management challenges related to their concept.
Teams demonstrate their culinary knowledge, skills, and creative abilities during the competition through the preparation of a unique three-course meal consisting of (i) a starter; (ii) an entrée; and (iii) a dessert. Performance during the Culinary event is observed and rated by judges from the foodservice industry and post-secondary schools. Teams demonstrate their ability to work together while creating and presenting their meal.
Who can participate?
All high school students, currently enrolled in a confirmed ProStart program recognized by the NRAEF, who have been certified to represent their school or region at the Pennsylvania State competition are eligible to compete. Participating teams will consist of two (2) to four (4) team members plus one (1) optional team manager.
2022 PA ProStart Bootcamp
IUP Academy of Culinary Arts will be hosting PA Prostart teams for a one-day boot camp in Punxsutawney on January 13, 2022 from 9:00am- 4:00pm (Snow Day 1/14/22 if need be). Teams will be divided into groups to rotate through various session that will review skills that will be judged at the competition. At this point, we will be only working with the culinary skills.
Please confirm your attendance. Download the registration form below and return completed to Hope Sterner, firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. No later than 12/10/21.
How to Support the Competition
There are many opportunities to show your support with one of our Pennsylvania ProStart® Student Invitational Support Packages. All sponsors will receive recognition in all promotional materials, event program, and press releases, acknowledgement on the PA ProStart webpage, and may include an item in the student gift bags. Download the sponsorship commitment form below for more details. Contact PA ProStart Coordinator Hope Sterner (email@example.com) with any questions.
2022 Competition Sponsors
Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting the PA ProStart Invitational in 2022: