High School Culinary Arts Competition Set for January 23 at Le Cordon Bleu in Dallas

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DALLAS (Jan. 14, 2010) – Student chefs in regional high school culinary arts programs are preparing in their culinary arts program kitchens right now for the Dallas Regional First Annual FS Prep/ ProStart Student Competition hosted by the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association. The event will take place on Saturday, January 23 at Le Cordon Bleu Dallas. This exciting culinary showdown is a preliminary to the Texas FS Prep/ProStart State Student Competition being held March 6, 2010, where winners will go on to the 2010 National ProStart Invitational finals.
The road to Nationals for North Texas culinary arts students begins with the January 2010 GDRA sponsored-Dallas Regional First Annual FS Prep/ ProStart Student Competition hosted at Le Cordon Bleu Dallas.

The top three culinary teams from regional competitions move on to the state competition. Regional competitions are also being held in Austin and Houston.

Of the top nine teams from across the state, one winning team will represent Texas at the 2010 National Prostart Invitational April 28 to May 2 in Overland Park, Kansas.

This is the first time Texas will compete in the competition due to Texas Restaurant Association’s recent implementation of the ProStart program as part of the FS Prep curriculum.

High Schools participating in the competition are: Advanced Technology Complex High School (Denton ISD); Ben Barber Career Tech Academy (Mansfield ISD); Corsicana High School (Corsicana ISD); Duncanville High School (Duncanville ISD); Fossil Ridge High School (Keller ISD); Frisco Career Technical Education Center (Frisco ISD); Longview High School (Longview ISD); Newman Smith High School (Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD); Plano East High School (Plano ISD); Royse City High School (Royce City ISD); Technical Education Center (Hurst – Euless – Bedford ISD); and Wylie High School (Wylie ISD).

And the National Restaurant Association has recruited the support of the Food Network’s Guy Fieri to showcase the accomplishments of American culinary students at the high school level. Fieri hosted a special highlighting the students of the 2009 National ProStart competition this past December. The show, called Top of the Class, features ProStart students and Guy Fieri, popular Food Network host of three shows – Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Big Bite and Ultimate Recipe Showdown.

ProStart is the National Restaurant Association’s curriculum and career-building program for high school students who are interested in culinary arts and foodservice management. During two challenging and rewarding years, ProStart students experience classroom study, mentored work experiences, and local and national competitions. ProStart works for students, parents, teachers and the restaurant and foodservice industry. It involves approximately 80,000 student participants in more than 1,650 schools, across 47 states, territories and districts.

FS Prep is the Texas Restaurant Association’s two-year comprehensive culinary and foodservice instructional resource including daily lesson plans, lab and lecture guides, supplementary materials, tests and quizzes; all in modular and electronic format. Developed in 2001 and updated in recent years, FS Prep has been adopted by more than 100 high schools throughout Texas.

Beginning Fall 2009 – Spring 2010, Texas schools who participate in the FS Prep program will qualify to become a ProStart school, receiving the benefits of the ProStart program.

To arrange an interview or onsite photography before or at the competition, please contact Fran Gallagher, Praestar Public Relations, fran@praestarpr.com, 214-762-6193.

About ProStart
ProStart is National Restaurant Association’s career-building program for high school students who are interested in culinary arts and foodservice management.

For two challenging and rewarding years, ProStart students experience classroom study, mentored work experiences, and local and national competitions. ProStart works for students, parents, teachers and the restaurant and foodservice industry. It involves approximately 80,000 student participants in more than 1,650 schools, across 47 states, territories and districts.

For more information, visit http://prostart.restaurant.org.

About the 2010 National ProStart Invitational
ProStart students with proven skills and a commitment to the industry are given the chance to showcase their abilities in the National ProStart Invitational.

Teams of students representing their state restaurant association’s ProStart program compete in the individual state competitions. First place winning teams in the culinary and/or management competitions then move on to compete at the annual National ProStart Invitational.

Vigorous coursework and on-the-job training are key elements to success.

The National ProStart Invitational is presented by the National Restaurant Association. In 2009, 39 states, territories and districts were represented and more than 300 students made their states proud by showcasing their true talent.

At the completion of the 2009 competition, $1.1 million in scholarships were awarded to winning culinary and management teams by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), The Coca-Cola Company and many leading colleges and universities.

For more information about the National ProStart Invitational, visit http://prostart.restaurant.org/about/invitational.aspx.

About FS Prep
The FS Prep Instructional Resource is the Texas Restaurant Association’s two-year comprehensive culinary and foodservice instructional resource including daily lesson plans, lab and lecture guides, supplementary materials, tests and quizzes; all in modular and electronic format.

Developed in 2001 and updated in recent years, FS Prep has been adopted by over 100 high schools throughout Texas. Currently, local chapters of the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) have begun implementing FS Prep curriculum into their neighborhood schools.

For more information about FS Prep, visit http://www.restaurantville.com/fsprep/index.html.

About GDRA
As a local chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association, the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association strives to promote growth of the restaurant industry by providing educational programs, public awareness campaigns, and grass-roots government affairs initiatives. Our association is just over 800 members strong, making it one of the larger trade associations in Dallas.

We are committed to the long-term health of the industry, and are supported by restaurateurs and suppliers of the restaurant industry. Our focus is to not only provide political support for restaurants, but to raise funds for those who will be the future of our industry, support community events and hospitality industry-related organizations, and market our members.

For more information, visit www.gdra.org.

One comment on “High School Culinary Arts Competition Set for January 23 at Le Cordon Bleu in Dallas

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