Normandy High School captures top honors in culinary and burger competitions; Centerville High School places first in management
The 16th Annual Ohio ProStart Invitational presented by Gordon Food Service on February 24 & 25 was one of the closely contested competitions in years. The culinary, management and burger battle students brought their A game to the 2-day competition and showed how really talented and exceptional they are.
Normandy High School captured the culinary honors by preparing a steamed Chilean Sea Bass entree and pan seared duck breast appetizer. Centerville High School placed first with their start up restaurant concept, J's Little Diner, a casual 40's themed throwback, open 24/7. In the 2nd annual Burger Battle competition sponsored by the Ohio Beef Council, Normandy High School won first place with their Bahn Mi Burger, a pan seared Lemongrass Beef Patty with Asian pickled slaw and special sauce on a steamed sweet Hawaiian roll. Day One Competition Photos Day Two Competition Photos Click here for additional Invitational results.
National ProStart Scholarship Application
Since 1987, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) has provided merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing degrees related to the restaurant industry. NRAEF assisted close to 2,000 students with scholarship awards that range from $2,500 to $10,000. Timeline: Application process now open Application deadline: April 1, 2018
At the 16th Annual ProStart Invitational presented by Gordon Food Service, Chef Chris Olszewski aka Chef O won his second Ohio ProStart Teacher of Excellence award. He first won this honor back in 2009.
Chef O had a prestigious career before undertaking the challenge as a high school culinary instructor to students in northern Ohio. Eighteen years later, after many accomplishments, honors and awards, he reflected that his payoff is providing his students a life, employability skills, and a career.
Under his tutelage, Polaris Career Center has captured eight consecutive Ohio ProStart Invitational culinary championships, two Invitational management championships as well as back-to-back National ProStart Invitational culinary championships.
Additionally last month, Polaris ProStart educator, Chef Chris Olszewski, (Chef O) was honored as the 2018 Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) Educator of the Year at the ORA Industry Awards Celebration. Chef O has fostered an environment of respect, passion and opportunity for his students, and this video shows how he shapes today’s students into tomorrow’s workforce. Click to view video.
3rd Annual Boot Camp Partners Students with Industry Mentors
Almost 90 students and 40 Mentors attended the 3rd Annual ProStart Boot Camp at Columbus State Community College. Culinary students reviewed knife cuts, menu and recipe costing, product check-in procedures and safety and sanitation. Management students shared their creative ideas for a start-up restaurant concept with marketing industry professionals. The student teams named their concept, developed and priced six menu items and then determined which marketing strategies would work best for their concept.
It was an amazing learning experience for the students as well as a rewarding experience for the Mentors as they were able to share their knowledge and inspire the future of our industry.
A very special thank you to our host location, Columbus State Community College who not only provided the venue but breakfast and lunch.
Also, thank you to our Mentors, which included:
ORAEF Office Moves to New Location
ORAEF/Ohio ProStart has a new address: 100 E. Campus View Blvd., Ste. 150, Columbus, OH 43235-4636. The phone number is the same 614.246.0220 as is the fax number 614 442 3550.
Lancaster High School team Places First in Summer edition of Burger Battle
Student teams 30 minutes to cook and prepare their best burger creation on butane burners without the use of water or electricity atthe first event ProStart Capital City Burger Battle at the Ohio State Fair. Ohio High Point Career Center, Ponitz Career and Technology Center, and Lancaster High School all had multiple student teams compete. The third place burger, West Coast Burger included kale, sliced mushrooms, barbeque sauce, avocado slices and Provolone cheese was prepared by Jake Glenaman. The Island Burger placed second and included smoked cheddar cheese, spam, and lettuce on a Challah bun prepared by Thomas Anders and Rebekah Steelman. The winning burger, the Hawaiian Burger took top honors with its combination of pineapple slices, teriyaki sauce, red onion, Provolone cheese as well as secret ingredient for added flavor on a Challah bun prepared by Hannah Glenn and Morgan Philbrick. Thank you to the Ohio Beef Council for sponsoring this event.
Photos from top three team burgers from the competition:
Polaris Career Center Wins Back-to-Back National ProStart Invitational Culinary Championships
Polaris Career Center's culinary team captured top honors for the second consecutive year at the recent National ProStart Invitational in Charleston, South Carolina. They competed against 48 other teams and emerged victorious with their appetizer of seared Foie Gras, entree of Ohio lamb loin topped off with a salted caramel Gainduja mousse for dessert.
Penta Career Center competed in the management portion of the competition and placed in the top ten with their Sprouts start up restaurant concept. View video from the competition and the Ohio teams that competed. Click here to check out the top five management and culinary teams from the National competition.
We are so very proud of our students and their educators on their recent accomplishments. Congratulations!
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