The challenge for the student chef teams was to prepare a three-course gourmet meal with only two butane burners in under an hour.
Several teams pulled this off with grace, including Crook County’s fourth-place win at the ORLAEF ProStart Invitational, sponsored by Sysco. Willamette High School took top honors in the culinary competition while McMinnville High School took first in the management competition.
The event was hosted by the Education Foundation of the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association on March 2 in Salem
“The atmosphere at this event was electric,” said Wendy Popkin, executive director of ORLAEF. “The ProStart program does a remarkable job preparing high school students with fundamental skills such as communication, teamwork, time management and professionalism needed to enter the workforce.”
Crook County High School’s culinary arts teacher, Macy Hagensee, was awarded the Oregon ProStart Teacher of the Year award and will travel to Washington, D.C., to attend the awards ceremony for the invitational event.