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Sandia Culinary Arts Students Rise to the Top at the NM ProStart Invitational
Students to compete against 40 teams from across the country in culinary arts competition sponsored by the Hospitality Industry Education Foundation.
April 17, 2012
A culinary arts team from Sandia High School will take part in the 11th annual National ProStart Invitational sponsored by the Hospitality Industry Education Foundation. The teams will compete against 40 other qualifying teams from across the country for a chance to win the national title April 27-29 in Baltimore.
At the national competition, the top five teams from the culinary competition will be awarded scholarships to pursue a college education.
“ProStart is developing the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s industry leaders. These students have proven their mettle in the New Mexico ProStart Invitational and have the full support of the New Mexico restaurant industry as they move forward,” said Victoria Martinez, executive director of the Hospitality Industry Education Foundation. “ProStart gives students a sense of purpose and helps them feel passionate about their own future – which will be on full display when the students represent New Mexico in the National ProStart Invitational.”
The culinary arts team will be accompanied by Sandia teacher Unna Valdez. Team members include Daniel Castro, Haley DelMarcelle, Shannon Montgomery and Nolan Ruiz.
ProStart reaches more than 90,000 students in 1,700 high schools across 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and U.S. military bases. It introduces them to the career opportunities available in the restaurant and foodservice industry, and teaches them the restaurant management and culinary arts skills needed to launch their futures.
In New Mexico, more than 1,600 students in 32 schools are served by ProStart and supported by the Hospitality Industry Education of the New Mexico Restaurant Association.
To qualify for the national competition, students first had to win the New Mexico ProStart Invitational. The event was hosted by Ben E. Keith during their annual food show on March 28. The culinary competition highlights the creative abilities of each team through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes using only two butane burners. The performance of teams is observed and rated by expert judges from industry and academia.
For more information on the ProStart program, visit www.prostart.restaurant.org.