Students compete in the ultimate cooking challenge

What if you had to prepare an entire three-course meal in under an hour? Without running water or electricity? Using just two butane burners? This Saturday, February 27, local high school students in the ProStart program will do just that and take on the ultimate cooking challenge at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.

“These students practice all year for this competition,” said Director of the WRA Education Foundation Lyle Hildahl in a press release. “They come in early, afterschool and on weekends, because this is what they’re passionate about and they want to do their very best.”

Photo Courtesy National Restaurant Association Education Foundation

These students are ambitious, indeed. While fifteen teams of students compete to create a menu and prepare their meal in such unconventional circumstances, seven other teams will propose a business plan for an original restaurant concept to a panel of judges made up of renown restaurateurs from Washington businesses like Farelli’s, Ivar’s, the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy and more.

The competition is a part of the ProStart program that almost 100,00 students across the United States participate in each year to learn culinary skills and restaurant management through teamwork and collaboration. Students in Saturday’s competition will compete to receive scholarships, honors, and the opportunity to compete against other states at the National ProStart Invitational.

The competition is open to the public and starts at 8 a.m. in the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.

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