The student teams will have one hour to butcher a chicken, demonstrate five precision knife cuts, and then create a three-course fine dining meal for two that will be judged by the best executive chefs in Atlanta! Students must complete the challenge without...
“Besides the opportunity for scholarships, participating in the ProStart competition prepares students for real world scenarios,” explained Chef Margaret June, culinary arts instructor at Sandy Creek High School and veteran competition team educator. “The ProStart competition is the most fun, pressurized experience the students have in high school!”
The HEFG State Championships attracts high school juniors and seniors from high schools throughout Georgia. Students compete in either the Culinary Arts or ProStart Management competition. Every student competing will get valuable feedback from industry leaders and the winners earn tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships, bragging rights, trophies, and the right to represent Georgia at the National Restaurant Association’s ProStart Invitational.
Art Institute of Atlanta, 6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328
Friday, March 2, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Winners announced: 1-2 p.m.
Highlights of the awards ceremony will be
- Announcement of the 2018 Georgia ProStart Teacher of the Year
- Announcement of top three culinary and management teams
- Photographs of winning teams receiving scholarship checks
Georgia ProStart Competition Teams:
- Heard County High School of Franklin, GA, located 57 miles southwest of Atlanta
- 2017 Culinary Champs Southeast Bulloch High School of Brooklet, GA, a small town near Savannah
- Statesboro High School of Statesboro, GA
- Sandy Creek High School of Tyrone, GA, 29 miles south of Atlanta
- Westover Comprehensive High School of Albany, GA
- Meadowcreek High School of Norcross, GA
- Warren Technical School, Serving DeKalb County Special Needs Students
- 2016 & 2017 BIS Champs Marietta High School of Marietta, GA.
The Chef judges include: Chef Michael Klein of Lanier Islands Resort, Chef Alexander Busch of The Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Chef Juliet Peters of Levy Restaurants and Westside Works, and Chef Will Eudy of McAlister’s Deli.
The ProStart Management Teams are equally impressive. The teams have partnered with brands such as Chick-fil-A and Waffle House to develop menu items that are representative of the brand. In preparation for competition, students must cost the menu items to ensure it can be mass produced; prepare the item for their industry partner; demonstrate how the item aligns with current menu offerings; and develop a marketing strategy to introduce the item to the public. At the Georgia ProStart Championship, the students present their work to industry executives in a Shark Tank format.
These aren’t your run of the mill home economics classes; these are hard-core culinary arts classes where passionate public-school students destined for culinary greatness are taught professional procedures and are judged by the best in the restaurant industry.
“ProStart and the Georgia HEFG informs, educates and inspires these young people to consider a future in the restaurant and foodservice industry,” said Nesha Mason, HEFG executive director. “The U.S. restaurant sector represents a $700+ billion business, comprising more than a million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 15 million people.”
About the Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia:
The Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia (HEFG) is committed to connecting hospitality pathway students to career information and opportunities. Our goal is to support educators in providing students with the mentoring, career counseling, and exposure they need to map and pursue their own career path. HEFG accomplishes that goal by offering educators training and resources as well as student opportunities to interact with all facets of the hospitality industry. Website: www.hefg.org
If you would like more information or to attend the event, please contact Ellen Hartman at 678-399-3335 or Nesha Mason at 678-887-8009.