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Posted: April 2, 2013


Sandia HS Culinary Arts Students Win $20,000+ in Scholarships

Students also won the state Hospitality Cup during the annual ProStart Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center last weekend.

Sandia High culinary arts students took second place last weekend in the New Mexico ProStart Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Each of the Matadors won more than $20,000 in scholarships and the school won the State Hospitality Cup. Sandia team members were senior Shannon Montgomery, sophomore Becca Ruiz, sophomore Gabriel Perez and junior Kevin Zima. Their teacher is Unna Valdez.

Eighteen New Mexico high school culinary and management teams took part in the annual ProStart Invitational consisting of two competitions: culinary and management. Sandia won second place in the culinary competition which required that they demonstrate their creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course gourmet meal in only 60 minutes.

Valley High competed in the management competition demonstrating knowledge of the restaurant and food service industry by developing a restaurant concept proposal, delivering a verbal presentation, and applying critical thinking skills to challenges restaurant managers face in day-to-day operations.

The New Mexico ProStart Invitational is hosted by the Hospitality Industry Education Foundation of the New Mexico Restaurant Association and Ben E. Keith Foods.

The Hospitality Industry Education Foundation (HIEF) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling the educational mission of the New Mexico Restaurant Association.

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