The Delaware Restaurant Association (DRA) presented the 2nd Annual Delaware ProStart Student Invitational (DPSI) March 18 at Dover Downs Hotel & Conference Center. Cape Henlopen High School from Lewes, Del. won both the Culinary and Management Competitions.
ProStart high school students displayed their culinary and management skills for the chance to be nationally recognized. Teams competed for the opportunity to represent Delaware at the National ProStart Invitational in May in Minneapolis, Minn.
“ProStart is developing the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s industry leaders,” said Carrie Leishman, President/CEO of the Delaware Restaurant Association. “These students have proven their mettle in the Delaware ProStart Student Invitational and have the full support of the Delaware restaurant industry as they move forward.”
The culinary and management teams’ educator, Jennifer Cornell, was recently named the 2014 Delaware Educator Excellence Award Winner. Culinary team members include return competitors Melissa Aucoin and Aubrey Inkster, along with Cassidy Blevins and Kendra Hudiburg. Mentors included Jay Caputo of Espuma Restaurant, Lion Gardner of Blue Moon Restaurant and, Danielle Panarello of Eden Restaurant. Management team members include Melissa Bredbenner, Rachel Diener, Jason Harris and Joshua Lesher. They were mentored by Meghan Gardner of Blue Moon Restaurant.