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Colorado ProStart Students Compete for more than $1.1 million in Scholarships at 20th Annual ProStart InvitationalFebruary 25, 2019

Celebrating our 20th year, the ProStart Invitational & Sysco Denver Hospitality Cup Competition will be held at Gaylord Rockies Hotel March 1, 2019.

In a cross between “Top Chef” and “Shark Tank,” the CO ProStart Invitational is an electrifying event that puts high school culinary and management students to the ultimate test. More than 150 students from across Colorado will compete in two events demonstrating their mastery of culinary and business management skills. During the Culinary Competition teams prepare a three-course, gourmet meal in one-hour using only two butane burners and Management Competition teams pitch a new restaurant concept to a panel of “investor” judges. What’s at stake? More than $1 million in available scholarships, the Sysco Denver Hospitality Cup, and the opportunity to represent Colorado at the National ProStart Invitational to be held this May in Washington D.C.  

“This amped-up environment is like working in a packed restaurant on a Friday night,” said Mary Mino, president of the foundation. “Students who can perform under this pressure are well prepared to graduate and pursue a career in the hospitality industry, or have a leg up on their post-secondary culinary or management education.”

Students are competing for more than $1,000,000 in scholarship opportunities from the following institutions: Johnson & Wales University, Louisiana Culinary Institute, New England Culinary Institute, Culinary Institute of Virginia, and The Culinary Institute of America.

THE 2019 PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS IN EACH COMPETITION ARE:

PROSTART CULINARY TEAMS

Bollman Technical Ed Center
Adams City High School
Aspen High School
Battle Mountain High School
Boulder High School
Coronado High School
Fruita Monument High School
Gateway High School
Golden High School
Grandview High School
Mountain View High School
Odyssey Early College
Pueblo Central High School
Pueblo East High School
Smoky Hill High School
St. Vrain CDC
Standley Lake High School
Summit High School
ThunderRidge High School
Westminster High School
Windsor High School
Woodland Park High School

PROSTART MANAGEMENT TEAMS

Adams City High School
Boulder High School
Central High School
Coronado High School
Englewood High School
Golden High School
Grandview High School
Mountain View High School
Northridge High School
Pueblo East High School
Smoky Hill High School
Summit High School
Thompson Valley High School
ThunderRidge High School
Woodland Park High School


The Foundation established the ProStart Student Invitational and Sysco Hospitality Cup competition to provide industry and post-secondary education with a forum to recruit the ProStart program’s best and brightest talent.  Event sponsors include Sysco Denver, Colorado Department of Labor & Employment, Colorado Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, Johnson & Wales University, Gaylord Rockies Resort, Pepsico Foodservice, and Ecolab.

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About Colorado Restaurant Association
The Colorado Restaurant Association is dedicated to the enhancement and success of the foodservice industry. Colorado restaurants generate $13 billion in sales while employing 285,000 workers in 11,800 establishments. Get up-to-date news about the CRA and the restaurant industry at corestaurant.org.

About Colorado Restaurant Foundation
Established in 1987, the Colorado Restaurant Foundation (CRF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization governed by a board of directors made up of restaurants, industry experts, K-12 and postsecondary hospitality educators. As the philanthropic foundation of the Colorado Restaurant Association, the CRF's mission is the training of all individuals in the foodservice industry and those individuals entering the industry. Building up a skilled and educated workforce is crucial to the future of the industry's growth. The Foundation's Colorado ProStart® Program, Scholarships, and ServSafe® programs bridge the gap for the employment needs of the industry, fostering talented students who are passionate about pursuing meaningful foodservice and hospitality careers.

About Colorado ProStart
The Colorado ProStart Program currently serves more than 900 students from 38 high schools across Colorado. The ProStart® program provides high school and college academic credit through Metropolitan State University of Denver, ProStart® Post -Secondary Passport, scholarships, and employment opportunities. ProStart is a nationwide, two-year restaurant management, culinary arts, and business entrepreneurship program that provides the connection for high school programs to partner with post-secondary and industry employers to help high school students develop the skills, technical knowledge, academic rigor, and real-world experience to achieve high-skill, high-demand, and highly successful careers. By uniting the classroom and the industry, ProStart gives students a platform to discover new interests and talents and opens doors to fulfilling careers. ProStart is a registered trademark of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. coloradoprostart.com

About Sysco Denver Foodservice Company
Sysco Denver Food Service Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Sysco Corporation and is the largest food service distributor in the Rocky Mountain area. Sysco Denver has supplied hotels, motels, restaurants, schools, hospitals and multi-unit accounts with high quality food, supply and equipment items for over 60 years.  Sysco Denver's operations span from north to south in one of the nation's most desirable areas to live and visit – the Rocky Mountain regional geographic coverage through Wyoming and Colorado.

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