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SC culinary arts students wow on national stage

Monday, May 13, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Katie Montgomery
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The team from Anderson Career and Technology Center poses with their third place trophy


Congratulations to students from Anderson Career and Technology Center and the Academy for Technology and Academics, who proudly represented South Carolina at the National ProStart Invitational (NPSI) in Washington, DC May 8-10. Hundreds of students from across the country and US territories competed in the premier high school culinary arts and restaurant management competition, which is hosted by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.


Anderson Career and Technology Center competed in the culinary arts category and won an impressive third place. The team had 60 minutes to prepare a three-course meal and wowed the judges with their menu featuring Mexican flavors. The students walked away with scholarships, medals, a trophy and massive bragging rights.


In the restaurant management competition, the team from the Academy for Technology and Academics presented their restaurant proposal called Roasters Café and Bistro to a panel of national judges. The students showcased their menu, layout, and floorplan, all while fielding questions from judges about their concept.


“This truly is an exciting day for South Carolina’s ProStart program,” said SCRLA VP of Operations Douglas OFlaherty, who manages SC’s ProStart program and worked closely with the teams leading up to the competition. “These students have worked countless hours in and out of the classroom, and their passion, knowledge and skills shined at the national competition. We are so proud of them.”


The teams from SC earned the opportunity to compete in the national competition by winning the South Carolina ProStart Invitational which took place in Greenville earlier this year.


The culinary competition showcases each team’s creative abilities through the preparation of an appetizer, entrée and dessert in 60 minutes. With no margin for error, students are measured on preparation, taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation. Management teams develop a business proposal for opening and operating a restaurant, and are asked to solve the types of daily challenges faced by restaurant managers. All teams are evaluated by an expert panel of judges from industry and academia.


For complete competition results, click here.


ProStart is one of the largest industry-supported career technical education programs in the nation, offering students the knowledge and skills necessary to consider and forge rich and varied careers in the restaurant and foodservice sector.


About the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association:

The mission of SCRLA is to promote, protect and educate the foodservice and lodging industries of the state and to ensure positive business growth for our members. SCRLA strives to represent the best interests of its members on small business issues, hospitality and tourism concerns and toward the protection of South Carolina’s quality of life.



About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation:

As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the NRAEF exists to enhance the restaurant industry’s service to the public through education, community engagement and promotion of career opportunities. The NRAEF works to attract, develop and retain a career-oriented professional workforce for the restaurant industry. In 2015, the restaurant and foodservice industry is projected to comprise one million outlets and a workforce of 14 million employees, making it the nation’s second largest private sector employer. For more information on the NRAEF, visit

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