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Culinary Faculty Join Industry Leaders in ProStart Competition Judging

ProStart InvitationalIUP Academy of Culinary Arts faculty members Albert Wutsch, Clifford Klinger, and Andrew Nutter were among the culinary professionals invited in 2013 to judge the National Restaurant Association’s premier culinary competition for high school students, the ProStart Invitational.

IUP chefs judged state competitions hosted by partner state restaurant associations in Georgia, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, and Wyoming, and most recently for the national competition in Maryland. The teams were talented, and the competition was rigorous!

The National ProStart Invitational, held April 19–21, 2013, at the Marriott Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland, is the finale of the nationwide competition and showcased student teams from 43 states and territories. Participating teams had to impress a panel of 30 judges representing educational programs and food service corporations and businesses from across the nation.

Both state and national ProStart Invitationals require the “teams participating in the culinary competition to demonstrate their culinary knowledge, skills, and creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course meal in only 60 minutes.”

The Academy of Culinary Arts awards a $1,500 scholarship to all ProStart competitors at the state and national level in recognition of the professionalism and knowledge exhibited by these student competitors.

ProStart is a nationwide, two-year, industry-driven curriculum for high school students. The program teaches culinary techniques and management skills with the goal of developing “the best and brightest talent into tomorrow's industry leaders.”

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