he 14th annual Kansas ProStart Invitational was held earlier this month in Wichita and hosted 16 high schools from across the state. The Kansas Pork Association supported the event as both an event sponsor and a management judge.

The ProStart Invitational is a premier high school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. It offers students an opportunity to showcase industry skills they learn in the classroom, network with industry leaders and learn the skills necessary for a long-term career.

The first place teams in the culinary and management competitions earn the right to represent Kansas at the National ProStart Invitational in Dallas, Texas, from April 29 through May 1.

The Kansas ProStart Invitational is a highlight of the Restaurant Management Program curriculum sponsored by the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association Educational Foundation.

Winners of the 2016 Kansas ProStart Invitational:

Culinary Competition:
First Place: Olathe Public Schools – Team
Amalgamation
Second Place: Maize High School
Third Place: Olathe Public Schools – Team Phoenix

Fourth Place: Garden City High School

Management Competition:
First Place: Olathe Public Schools
Second Place: Garden City High School
Third Place: Wichita Heights High School

Fourth Place: Eudora High School

Edible Centerpiece
First Place: Olathe Public Schools – Oscar
Second Place: Wichita Southeast High School – Shad
Third Place: Olathe Public Schools – Tristen

Fourth Place: Wichita Southeast High School – Kendra

Additional Awards
Best Beef Dish: Maize High School
Best Pork Dish: Wichita North High School
Best Rookie Team: Eisenhower High School
ProStart Invitational highlights student chefs in Kansas