The North Carolina ProStart Invitational (NCPI) is an annual event that highlights the creative abilities of ProStart program students from across the state. High school students from across North Carolina put their skills to the test in front of industry leaders, family and friends with the hopes to earn more than $1 million in scholarships — awarded to first, second and third place teams — to top culinary schools at the NCPI March 7-9, 2019 at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte.
North Carolina ProStart schools are invited to bring two teams—culinary and/or restaurant management—with up to five students per team. During the culinary competition, student competitors prepare a three-course meal in 60 minutes and are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation. In the management category, teams develop and present a proposal for the next promising restaurant concept. Students must communicate their entrepreneurial ideas clearly and use their problem-solving skills to solve challenges faced by managers daily. The top-placing teams in the culinary and restaurant management competitions move forward to the national competition in April.
A look back: 2018 NCPI Culinary Winners