The 2023 NC ProStart Invitational was held at NC Central University in Durham on March 20-21.
1st Place Culinary – Independence, 1st Place Management – Asheville, Educator of Excellence – Sara Monson
This year, 14 teams of students from 9 different schools across North Carolina put their skills to the test in front of industry leaders, family, and friends with the hopes of earning more than $560,000 in scholarships at the NC ProStart Invitational, presented by Golden Corral. The winners go on to represent North Carolina against other qualifying teams from across the country for a chance to win the national title at the National ProStart Invitational at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC on May 2 – 4.
Chef Sara Monson of Asheville High School was named the 2023 NC ProStart Educator of Excellence. This honor is awarded each year to recognize educators who demonstrate excellence in the classroom and passion, commitment and creativity in all aspects of the ProStart program to help their students make the most of the opportunities that ProStart offers.
2023 NCPI Winning Culinary Teams
First Place: Independence High School, Charlotte
Second Place: Ashe County High School, West Jefferson
Third Place: South Mecklenburg, Charlotte
2023 NCPI Winning Management Teams
First Place: Asheville High School, Asheville
Second Place: South Mecklenburg, Charlotte
Third Place: Cary High School, Cary
Highlights from 2022
2022 NCPI Culinary Winners
First place: South Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte and Asheville High School, Asheville
Third place: Ashe County High School, West Jefferson
2022 NCPI Management Winners
First place: South Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte
Second place: Eastern NC Regional Skills Center, Jacksonville
Third place: Smithfield Selma High School, Smithfield
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