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Delaware ProStart® Competition





The Delaware ProStart® Student Invitational is a chance for students from all over the state who participate in their high school ProStart® program to compete against their peers. Management teams present an original restaurant concept to a panel of top-industry judges and answer critical thinking questions related to front and back of house scenarios. The culinary competition tests students skills with a timed, 60 minute battle where students prep, prepare, and plate a three course meal that is tasted and evaluated by top industry chefs. The state culinary and management competition winning teams are given the opportunity to compete at the National ProStart Invitational.

Congratulations to the 2017 winning teams: Culinary

1st – William Penn High School (New Castle)
2nd – St. Georges Vo-Tech High School (New Castle)
3rd – Caesar Rodney High School (Kent)


1st – William Penn High School (New Castle)
2nd – Cape Henlopen High School (Sussex)
3rd – Howard Vo-Tech High School (New Castle)
The Delaware ProStart Program is thrilled to have the following sponsors play a huge role in taking ordinary students and making them into extraordinary leaders. Shaping these future industry leaders would not have been possible without your generous support!!

Sponsor Opportunities

Gold Star Sponsor: (ADD LOGOS)

  • Harry’s Hospitality Group
  • NKS
  • Sysco
  • Breakthru
  • EcoLab
  • Platinum Dining Group
  • M&T Bank

Education Ambassador Sponsor:

  • WSFS
  • US Foods
  • Ashland Equipment
  • Pizza by Elizabeths
  • Big Fish Restaurant Group
  • Starboard
  • 99 Sealevel
  • Singer Equipment
  • La Vida Hospitality
  • Delaware Today
  • Claymont Steak Shop
  • Hakuna Hospitality
  • Crop Foundation

If you are interested on becoming a sponsor of this great program, contact Carrie Leishman at (302)738-2545 or
For information on the Delaware ProStart Program or competition, contact Raelynn Grogan at (302)738-2545 or