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    Texas ProStart Invitational

    High school students enrolled in the Texas ProStart program compete in either the culinary or restaurant management category at this annual competition each spring.

    The 24 winning teams from the regional competitions will compete for the top spots at the state finals. The two winning teams, one culinary and one management, will represent Texas at the National ProStart Invitational.

    2014 Competition Dates


    DFW Area  |  January 24–25
    Hurst Conference Center, Hurst  |  View Results

    Houston Area  |  February 7–8
    Merrell Center, Katy  |  View Results

    State Finals 

    March 7–8  |  Waco Convention Center
    Directions & Parking  |  Hotel Info


    May 3–5  | Minneapolis, Minnesota  |  More Info

    Only Day two of the competitions is open to the public. There is a $6 per person entry fee. Cash, check and credit card accepted.

    Competition Resources (Rules, Order Forms, Templates)

    #TxProStartPal Contest

    New this year! All schools and teams participating in the 2014 Texas ProStart Invitational have received their official competition mascot, the #TxProStartPal. There will be two photo contests through the TRA social media channels November and December 2013. This Spring, the Pals will travel with our teams to competition and cheer them on through a LIVE photo contest.

    Prep Contest 1
    Congratulations to our November 2013 photo winner, Porter Culinary!
    Prep Contest 2
    : Congratulations to our December 2013 photo winner, Porter Culinary!

    Live Contest: Turn your Pal into your biggest cheerleader at the 2014 Texas ProStart Invitational Competitions.
    1. Dress your Pal up reflecting your team spirit and bring to competition.
    2. Take TONS of photos during competition and post to social media #TXProStartPal. REMEMBER: YOUR PAL CANNOT BE ON YOUR COOKING STATION OR PART OF YOUR PRESENTATION
    3. The two pal photos, one culinary, one management, with the most “likes” during each competition (on any TRA social media channel) will WIN! Winners will be announced at the competitions.

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    Competition Format

    Day 1  |  1–5pm
    Culinary teams begin competition with Product Check-in. Product will stay at the competition site in a secured, climate-controlled area. Management teams check in display boards and other materials.

    Day 2  |  All Day
    Culinary competition begins. Management teams begin verbal presentations.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Anyone can be part of the Texas ProStart Invitational action and witness these terrific students perform their best. We need culinary judges, sanitation judges, restaurant management judges, timers, check-in, scribes, bussers, chicken distribution and more!

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    Questions? Contact Nikki McNabb at 800-395-2872 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Highlights from 2013 Competition