Smithfield Selma High School and West Rowan High School secured first place finishes in the 2020 North Carolina ProStart Invitational (NCPI) presented by Golden Corral. NCPI is a high-stakes culinary arts and restaurant management competition organized by the association’s philanthropic arm, the North Carolina Hospitality Education Foundation.
The 2020 NCPI took place February 20-22, at Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte. 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 $730,000 in scholarships—awarded to first, second and third place teams—to top culinary schools across the country. More than 80 ProStart students, made up of 14 teams from across the state, demonstrated their mastery of skills in the fast-paced, high level competition.
The following teams placed in the top three for the management and culinary divisions of the competition:
2020 NCPI Culinary Winners
First place: Smithfield Selma High School, Smithfield
Second place: Cary High School, Cary
Third place: Asheville High School, Asheville
2020 NCPI Management Winners
First place: West Rowan High School, Mt. Ulla
Second place: Smithfield Selma High School, Smithfield
Third place: Lejeune High School, Jacksonville
Both Smithfield Selma High School and West Rowan High School were scheduled to advance to the prestigious National ProStart Invitational in Washington D.C. before the event was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Thank you to our Sponsors!!
Presenting | Golden Corral
Platinum | Butterball
Gold | US Foods • Ecolab
Silver | Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte • Sysco • Freshpoint • Firehouse Subs
Bronze | 42nd Street Oyster Bar • Pepsi • LM Restaurants • Pinehurst Resort • Hilton Garden Inn, Outerbanks/Kitty Hawk • Biscuitville • Hardee’s • Salsarita’s
Friends of ProStart | Alsco • S&D Coffee & Tea • Shelton Vineyards • The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery