Invitational History

2019 Ohio ProStart Invitational and Burger Battle!

Students will compete in Culinary, Management and Burger Battle competitions for scholarships, prizes and a trip to the National ProStart Invitational.

Date: February 23 & 24, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (times subject to change)

Location: Crowne Plaza North

6500 Doubletree Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43229

Schedule for the Weekend:

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.- Culinary and Management Competitions

2:30 p.m. - Burger Battle (Saturday only)

2:00 p.m. – Awards Program (Sunday only)

Sponsored by Gordon Food Service, Sysco & the Ohio Beef Council.

Over $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded!

Cost of admission: $20 per person for the entire weekend

Age 12 and under receive free admission (cash and credit cards are accepted)

History of the Ohio ProStart® Invitational

The first Ohio ProStart®​ Invitational competition was held in 2003. The Invitational has evolved over the years and the rules are reviewed annually to keep current with ever-changing industry dynamics for excellence.

The Invitational is divided into two competitions: culinary skills/techniques, and restaurant management. The culinary competition requires student teams to prepare a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only butane burners with no access to running water or electricity. The management competition requires students to develop a business proposal for an original restaurant concept and present to a panel of industry experts.

Listed below are winners from previous years.

Culinary

2017 - Polaris Career Center

2016 - Polaris Career Center

2015 - Polaris Career Center

2014 - Polaris Career Center

2013 - Polaris Career Center

2012- Polaris Career Center

2011 - Polaris Career Center

2010 - Polaris Career Center

2009 - Lorain Country JVS

2008 - Lorain Country JVS

2007 - Lorain County JVS

2006 - Lorain Country JVS

2005 - Lorain Country JVS

2004 - Lorain County JVS

2003 - Lorain Country JVS

Restaurant Management

2017 - Penta Career Center

2016 - Penta Career Center

2015 - Cuyahoga Valley Career Center

2014 - Polaris Career Cenrer

2013 - C-Tec

2012- Polaris Career Center

2011 - Tolles Career & Technical Center

2010 - Lorain County JVS

2009 - Lorain Country JVS

2008 - Polaris Career Center

2007 - Lorain County JVS

2006 - Lorain Country JVS

2005 - Lorain Country JVS

2004 - Lorain County JVS

2003 - Lorain Country JVS

Past ProStart Invitationals