The 2015 Gordon Food Service (GFS) Ohio ProStart® Invitational featured 27 teams of students from around the state competing for this year’s titles of best culinary and best management team. The competition, which is only open to Ohio ProStart schools, is Ohio’s premier competition for high school restaurant management and culinary arts students. The culinary competition showcases each team's best recipes while students participating in the management competition are charged with developing a restaurant concept.
Thirteen culinary and fourteen management teams competed in this year’s two-day Invitational, which was a stand alone event this year as it held been held in concert with the North American Pizza & Ice Cream Show (NAPICS). Approximately 200 students either participated or attended the event to observe and gain tips on improving their own skills.
The Top Culinary Teams (in order):
1st Place - Polaris Career Center
2nd Place - Penta Career Center
3rd Place - Tolles Career & Technical Center
4th Place - Scarlet Oaks Career Development Campus
5th Place - Upper Valley Career Center
The Top Management Teams (in order):
1st Place - Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
2nd Place - R.G. Drage Career & Technical Center
3rd Place - Centerville High School
4th Place - Tolles Career & Technical Center
5th Place - Lancaster High School
Ohio ProStart® Top Individual Awards:
Top Poultry Fabricator - Caleb Hahn of Tolles Career & Technical Center
Top Knife Skills - Kyesha Grady of Columbus Downtown High School
Top Management Award - Caeara Coleman of Tolles Career & Technical Center
Top Culinary Award - Adelaide Cole of Pioneer Career & Technical Center
Top Leadership Award - Natasha Daniels of Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
During this year’s Invitational, the Ohio ProStart 2015 Teacher of Excellence was presented to Barbara Hummer of Cuyahoga Valley Career Center. This award recognizes an outstanding Ohio ProStart® teacher who has made a significant contribution to the Ohio ProStart program, their school and the community.
“It is so inspiring to watch the students compete and learn from one another,” said Patricia Halper, executive director of the Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation (ORAEF), which oversees the operation of the Ohio ProStart program. “These students and their instructors are amazing to watch with their determination, passion and ability demonstrated at year's Invitational. The high caliber of judges for the Invitational were yet another exceptional part of the excellence of this competition.
The winning team from both culinary and management will compete in the National ProStart Invitational®, the country’s premier high school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts, on April 18-20, 2015 at the Disneyland® Hotel in Anaheim, California. At stake for the winning teams is over $1 million in scholarship dollars.