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6th Annual Delaware Prostart Student Invitational

March 2, 2018 - 8:00 am


The Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (DRAEF), the philanthropic foundation of the Delaware Restaurant Association dedicated to industry education and training, announces the 6th annual Delaware ProStart® Student Invitational.  Culinary arts and restaurant management students from 16 Delaware high schools will compete for scholarship prizes and the chance to represent Delaware at the National ProStart® Student Invitational in Rhode Island in April 2018.
Delaware ProStart® Student Invitational
Friday, March 2nd 2018
8am – 4pm
Chase Center at the Riverfront, Wilmington
Over 100 students competing from:
BrandyMount (Brandywine + Mount Pleasant) (Culinary)
Caesar Rodney (Culinary)
Cape Henlopen (Culinary & Management)
Delcastle (Culinary)
Dover (Culinary)
Hodgson (Culinary)
Howard (Culinary & Management)
Lake Forest (Culinary)
Laurel (Culinary & Management)
McKean (Culinary)
Middletown (Culinary & Management)
Polytech (Culinary)
Seaford (Culinary & Management)
St. Georges (Culinary & Management)
William Penn (Management)
Opening Remarks/Ending with Group Photo:  8:00-8:20am
Ongoing Competition:  9:00am – 2:00pm
Awards Ceremony:   3:00pm – 4:00pm (pictures w/winners immediately following) 
*Governor Carney to address group at 3pm
All press and photographers are welcome to attend the competition on March 2nd.  There will be 21 total teams competing from 16 Delaware high schools, and attendees/spectators/exhibitors will include educators, industry mentors, postsecondary representatives, community funders, and local legislators.  Delaware Governor John Carney will address the group at 3pm at the start of the awards ceremony.  Students, educators, judges and DRA/DRAEF representatives will also be available for photos and comments.

The Delaware ProStart® Student Invitational is supported in sponsorship from the Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (DRAEF), Delaware Department of Education, University of Delaware, WSFS Community Foundation, Bank of America Foundation, Chichester DuPont Foundation, High 5 Hospitality, Two Stones Pub, Harry’s Hospitality Group and Ecolab.  

For more information about the Delaware ProStart® Student Invitational, please contact the Delaware Restaurant Association at 302.738.2545.