Iowa ProStart Invitational

2021 IOWA PROSTART INVITATIONAL
MARCH 2, 2021
IOWA EVENTS CENTER,
DES MOINES
Due to COVID-19, this event is not to the public

Hosted by the Iowa Restaurant Association Education Foundation, the Iowa ProStart Invitational is the High School Culinary and Restaurant Management State Championship among Iowa ProStart Schools. The top teams in both the culinary and management portions earn thousands of dollars in scholarships to put toward their post-secondary education. The champions also advance to represent Iowa at the National ProStart Invitational in Washington DC where even more scholarship money and bragging rights are up for grabs, as well as the opportunity to connect with industry professionals from across the country. (Due to COVID-19, the 2021 National ProStart Invitational has been cancelled.)

CULINARY COMPETITION
One hour is all students have to create a three-course meal in this Top Chef-style competition. Teams are judged and critiqued on product taste, knife skills, teamwork, safety and sanitation, menu and recipe development, costing and more.

MANAGEMENT COMPETITION
This competition challenges students to create their own restaurant concept and pitch it to a team of Iowa restaurant industry professionals as though they’re potential investors. Judges critique their concept, menu and costing, restaurant layout and staffing, marketing tactics and how well students think on their feet with critical thinking scenarios.

PAST CULINARY WINNERS
2021: Waukee High School
2020: Waterloo Career Center
2019: Hampton-Dumont High School
2018: Waterloo West High School
2017: Waterloo West High School
2016: Waterloo West High School
2015: Waterloo West High School
2014: Waukee High School
2013: Waukee High School

PAST MANAGEMENT WINNERS
2020: Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School
2019: Des Moines Central Campus
2018: Des Moines Central Campus
2017: Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School
2016: Davenport Community Schools
2015: Cherokee Washington High School
2014: Waukee High School
2013: Des Moines Central Campus