PIERRE — Teams of high school students from across South Dakota put their culinary and hospitality management skills to the test at the 13th annual South Dakota ProStart Invitational, held March 24 in Rock.
Two students from Huron High School, Quincee Walls and Marlen Enriquez, participated in the cake decorating contest. Their advisor is Jessica Rodaker.
The ProStart Invitational is an intense, fast-paced event where students demonstrate food preparation and safety procedures, hospitality management, public speaking, and other valuable job skills. The competitions included cooking, managing and decorating cakes.
Mitchell CTE won first prize in the Culinary and Restaurant Management divisions, earning her a spot at the national ProStart competition in Washington, DC, May 6-8.
In the culinary portion of the competition, teams of students have only 60 minutes to prepare a gourmet three-course meal without using electricity. Many of the state’s top chefs serve as judges, scoring teams on many factors including presentation, taste, hygiene and teamwork.
The teams also compete in a restaurant management competition. For this competition, students present the steps necessary to start and operate a restaurant, including concept, operations, marketing, critical thinking, and menu. Restaurant and industry professionals assess the teams’ business plans and presentation skills.
ProStart is a joint effort of the South Dakota Department of Education, the South Dakota Retailers Association, and the South Dakota ProStart Advisory Committee.