Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Educational Foundation Announces Winners of 14th Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competition



Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Educational Foundation (FRLAEF) today announced the winners of the 14th Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competitions which were held Wednesday, March 5 and Thursday, March 6 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

A total of 60 schools participated in the competition with 16 schools winning top awards throughout the day’s events. More than $800,000 in scholarships was distributed to the winning schools. All participating teams were comprised of high school juniors and seniors that are enrolled in the ProStart curriculum program during the 2013-2014 school year. Teams participated in four competitions which included the Cracker Barrel Management Competition, the Johnson & Wales University Culinary Competition, the Keiser University Edible Centerpiece Competition, and the Coca-Cola Company Waiters Relay Competition.

J. P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs won first place in the overall competition. Tarpon Springs High School took home second place in the overall competition, with Leto High School in Tampa placing third.

“FRLAEF is the only organization in Florida that offers the ProStart program,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.  “It is designed to increase the quality and employability of today's high school graduates by providing them with school-to-career training and giving them more opportunities for  foodservice and lodging careers,  and higher education.  We congratulate all the winners and participants of the team competitions.”

Overall Competition Winners

First Place: J.P Taravella High School, Coral Springs, Scott Goodman, instructor

Second Place: Tarpon Springs High School, Cathleen Ryan, instructor

Third Place: Leto High School, Tampa, Debra Hladky, instructor

Fourth Place: Sandalwood High School, Jacksonville, Kathreen Gross-Dunbar, instructor

Fifth Place: East Ridge High School, Clermont, Lucressie McGriff, Ken Pitts, instructors

Cracker Barrel Management Competition

Participating teams demonstrated their knowledge of the restaurant and foodservice industry by developing a business proposal for a new restaurant concept. The business proposal consisted of a defined restaurant concept, supporting menu, and supporting marketing plan. Teams prepared a comprehensive written proposal, verbal presentation and visual display.

First Place: J.P Taravella High School, Coral Springs, Scott Goodman, instructor

Second Place: East Ridge High School, Clermont, Lucressie McGriff, Ken Pitts, instructors

Third Place: Tarpon Springs High School, Cathleen Ryan, instructor

Fourth Place: Miami Coral Park High School, Susan Rivera, instructor

Fifth Place: Sandalwood High School, Jacksonville, Kathreen Gross-Dunbar, instructor

Johnson & Wales University Culinary Competition
Participating teams demonstrated their creative abilities during the competition through the preparation of a meal consisting of: starter (such as soup, salad or appetizer), protein (such as meat, fish or fowl), starch, vegetable, and dessert.

First Place: Leto High School, Tampa, Debra Hladky, instructor

Second Place: Walter Sickles High School, Tampa, Rick Ceglio, instructor

Third Place: Tarpon Springs High School, Cathleen Ryan, instructor

Fourth Place: Steinbrenner High School, Lutz, Philip Meola, instructor

Fifth Place: Lake Worth High School, Emmanuelle Suarez, instructor

Keiser University Edible Centerpiece Competition
Participating teams demonstrated their creative ability during the competition through the preparation of an edible centerpiece consisting of fruits and vegetables. Contestants explained nutritional information, product availability, and preparation techniques.

First Place: Crestview High School, Paula Knight, instructor

Second Place: Osceola High School, Seminole, Paul Kennedy, instructor

Third Place: J.P Taravella High School, Coral Springs, Scott Goodman, instructor

Fourth Place: Martin High School, Stuart, Shaun Southwick, instructor

Fifth Place: Tarpon Springs High School, Cathleen Ryan, instructor

Coca-Cola Company Waiters Relay Competition
Participating teams demonstrated their ability to duplicate a table setting while racing against the clock.

First Place: Sandalwood High School, Jacksonville, Kathreen Gross-Dunbar, instructor

Second Place: Cypress Creek High School, Orlando, Cynda Aron, instructor

Third Place: George Jenkins High School, Lakeland, Brenda Doss, instructor

Fourth Place: John A. Ferguson Senior High, Miami, Janett Toledo, instructor

Fifth Place: Teneroc High School, Lakeland, Jane Urick, instructor

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