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The NYSRAEF ProStart Invitational

March 24, 2017 - March 25, 2017


The NYSRAEF ProStart Invitational® is the premier high school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts for New York State and Vermont. The 2017 NYSRAEF ProStart Invitational will be held in New Rochelle, NY, March 24 & 25, 2017. The competition is one of The New York State Restaurant Association’s largest and most beloved events. Top industry and post-secondary representatives from around the nation annually attend.

The Invitational is composed of two distinct competitions – management and culinary – that showcase the most important skills needed on either side of the restaurant and foodservice industry.

Management teams develop a proposal for the next promising restaurant concept and present it to a panel of industry judges. Next, their problem solving skills are tested as they quickly solve challenges faced by managers daily. The culinary competition highlights each team’s creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners, and without access to running water or electricity. There is no room for error as they are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation.

Top ProStart® students from New York State and Vermont compete in the event. This talented group of students showcase their passion and skills in front of friends and family, educators, industry leaders, post-secondary representatives, and the public.




New Rochelle