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Salem, Eugene culinary teams compete at Oregon ProStart Championships
By Em Chan, Salem Statesman Journal,
The Oregon ProStart Championships returned to the Salem Convention Center on Monday after a pandemic hiatus, showcasing the best of high school culinary and management students in competition.
Winning high school teams from Crook County and McMinnville will head to the national championships in Washington, D.C., in May. Students from Salem and Eugene schools also competed.
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation developed the career technical education curriculum and program to support students heading into restaurant, hospitality and food service roles. The championship is the capstone for the two year program.
Teams from 10 high schools competed in the event, including Salem CTEC and Willamette High School in Eugene, as well as Crook County, Estacada, Liberty, McMinnville, North Medford, Sam Barlow, Seaside and Taft.
Salem CTEC's Kaylee Perrenboom-Dominguez was named Oregon ProStart Student of the Year. Oregon ProStart Mentor of the Year was presented to Maddy VanDewalker of Crook County.
Event categories are a culinary and a management competition, done in a simulated TV-style format.
The culinary competition required teams of four students to prepare a three-course meal in 60 minutes using only two butane burners.
The management competition had teams evaluated on concept, marketing strategies, menu, food costs, operations and critical thinking skills based on what they made in the culinary competition.