The annual Kansas ProStart Invitational was held last week in Wichita and hosted 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.
Student chefs from around the state compete for the chance to represent Kansas at the National ProStart Invitational in April.
The first place teams in the culinary and management competitions also earn the right to represent Kansas at the National ProStart Invitational April 28-30, in North Charleston, SC.
The Kansas ProStart Invitational is a highlight of the Restaurant Management Program curriculum sponsored by the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association Educational Foundation.

2017 Kansas ProStart Invitational Winners:

1st Place
Culinary – Olathe Public Schools

Management – Wichita Heights High School
2nd Place
Culinary – Broadmoor Technical Center
Management – Maize High School
3rd Place
Culinary – Maize High School
Management – Olathe Public Schools
4th Place
Culinary – Eisenhower High School – Team Blue
Management – Garden City High School
Best Beef Dish – Abilene High School
Best Pork Dish – South High School
Edible Centerpiece
1st Place – Olathe Public Schools – Grace
2nd Place – Olathe Public Schools – Dorian
3rd Place – Olathe Public Schools – Kenedy
4th Place – Eudora High School – Brooke


 Kim Hanke, KPA Director of Communications, was a management judge. KPA also supported the competition as an event sponsor.
KPA sponsors student chef competition