More than 350 high school students are flocking to Baltimore this weekend at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation‘s National ProStart Invitational.
The students represent the winning culinary and management teams from state ProStart invitationals.
While at the competition, they will compete for about $1.3 million in scholarships from NRAEF and several post-secondary institutions.
The National ProStart Invitational opens Friday with a welcome ceremony and reception. The competitions take place Saturday and Sunday, and the winners will be named Sunday night at an awards dinner.
During the competition, culinary students have one hour to prepare a three-course meal. Judges evaluate the dishes on taste, creatitivity and presentation. They also assess students on knife skills, food safety and other critical aspects of food preparation.