IUP Academy of Culinary Arts faculty members Albert Wutsch, Clifford Klinger, and Andrew Nutter are among the culinary professionals selected to judge at the 2012 ProStart Student Invitational competitions.
State ProStart competitions in Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wyoming and the National ProStart Invitational on April 27–29 in Baltimore, Maryland, will each have an IUP judge in attendance.
The ProStart Invitational is composed of two distinct competitions: the culinary and management competitions. Teams of talented culinary students will begin both ProStart competitions at the state level this month. First-place winning teams from the state invitationals will then showcase their abilities in the national competition.
Both state and national Prostart Student 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. Their performance during the practical session is observed and rated by judges from leading colleges and universities.”
ProStart is a “nationwide, two-year program for high school students that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow's industry leaders. From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart's industry-driven curriculum provides real-world educational opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime.”
The IUP Academy of Culinary Arts offers scholarships for ProStart competitors at the state and national level.
Watch this video from the 2011 National ProStart Student Invitational to get a look at the talent and energy of ProStart students in competition.