On April 4, the Sacramento County Board of Education honored the Culinary Arts team from Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School for competing in the 12th annual California ProStart Cup, coordinated by the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (CRAEF). The competition took place March 16-17 in Sacramento.
Students were recognized during a Board meeting held at the Palmiter campus. Culinary Arts Instructor Jeff Zahniser was also honored by the Board.
The ProStart Cup attracted nearly 200 talented high school students from across California. Forty industry experts served as judges. During the competition, culinary teams were given just 60 minutes to prepare a three-course meal using two butane burners. Participants engaged in a battle of skill and knowledge, with points awarded for specific criteria, including proper cooking procedures, safety and sanitation, presentation, product taste, and teamwork.
In addition to the meal preparation competition, management teams also pitched proposals for new restaurant concepts. Proposals included a menu, marketing plan, and detailed design.
CRAEF has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and grants since its inception in 1981. The foundation works to enhance education and training programs within the hospitality industry. ProStart is a two-year program designed to prepare high school juniors and seniors for exciting careers in foodservice.