High Schools Descend on Campus for Statewide Culinary Competition

High Schools Descend on Campus for Statewide Culinary Competition
Students from John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento compete in the 2005 competition.

Fifteen high schools from across California will compete to see who has the best culinary and management chops on March 6 & 7 during the Boyds Coffee Culinary Cup, which is the California Restaurant Association's Educational Foundation's annual ProStart competition.

This exciting event brings together talented high school students from ProStart programs throughout California who collectively represent the future of the restaurant and food service industries. The competition will take place at The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona. Boyd Coffee Company, based in Portland, Oregon, is the title sponsor.

Dr. Jerald Chesser CEC, CCE, FMP, AAC, is leading many faculty, staff and students to run the two-day competition. The judges include Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Association President Art Barajas, the college's 2009 Distinguished Alumni, Jill Bosich and Bob Spivak, who is a member of The Collins College's Board of Advisors and chairman & founder of The Grill/Daily Grill. Sam Facchini, president of Metro Pizza in Las Vegas and member of the National Restaurant Association's Board of Directors, will also be a judge and emcee.

Culinary Competition

Teams participating in the culinary competition will have 60 minutes to demonstrate their creative abilities by preparing a three-course meal using only two butane burners. Their performance during this practical session will be observed and rated by industry professionals. Culinary competitions will take place on March 6 from 10 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. and on March 7, from 8:30 a.m. until 1:45 p.m.

Management Competition

The management competition will include a case study and the Quiz Bowl. The case study will simultaneously test students' problem-solving skills, communication skills and their ability to apply industry knowledge to practical situations. The Quiz Bowl will use the same format as Jeopardy and takes place March 6 from 6:45 to 8 p.m. in the college's Wine Demonstration Auditorium.   

Winning teams from each competition will be awarded first-, second- and third-place trophies and, most notably, scholarships to aid in their pursuit of a post-secondary education. First-place winning teams from each competition will also be sponsored to compete in the 2009 National ProStart Invitational, held in San Diego from April 24-26.

For more information, contact Lisa McPheron, director of communications & external relations for The Collins College at (909) 869-3151 or lcmcpheron@cpp.edu.