Attention Dallas Restaurant Industry: Judges Needed for GDRA Competition

On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association will be hosting its annual TX ProStart Regional Competition for over 25 high school teams from our area that utilize our ProStart curriculum. What is ProStart? I’m glad you asked. ProStart is a two-year program that provides training and certification in both culinary and management. Over 30 teams of high school students will compete in culinary and management battles. The top 3 winners will go on to State competition, and the State winner will go to the Nationals in Baltimore. The National winner will get a free roundtrip to Saturn. (Just wanted to see if you were still with me.)

The GDRA needs judges! So, if you are a chef, a sous chef, a kitchen worker, a recipe developer, a kitchen manager, or an expert in your restaurant, contact Contact Tracey Evers, tevers@gdra.org or our assistant director Candice Sullinger , csullinger@gdra.org.

More details below.

As part of this program, the GDRA awarded over $80,000 in scholarships to students headed to culinary or hospitality management programs after high school.  We also help them secure jobs during high school and after graduation.

What:    GDRA Regional TX ProStart Competition

When:   Tuesday, February 7, 2012

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where:  Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX

What:    30 different teams of high school students competing in culinary and management competitions.  The top 3 winners go on to State Competition, and the State winner go on to Nationals in Baltimore, MD.

How to help:  We need judges for the culinary portion of the competition!!  We have 22 culinary teams competing, which requires judges for product check-in, menu and recipe costing, sanitation, organization, and of course, taste.  It’s a long day, but incredibly rewarding.  These kids blow your socks off!!

**Judges would need to be available all day on the 7th, and for half a day on January 9 for training and orientation.**