Prince George’s County and Baltimore County High School Students Win State Culinary and Management Championships

Will Represent Maryland in National Competition
Maryland’s top high school culinary and foodservice management students competed in the Maryland ProStart Student Invitational (MPSI) on March 24 at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore.  Teams competed for scholarship money and the opportunity to represent the state of Maryland at the national competition in Charleston, SC. This state-wide championship is hosted by the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation (RAMEF).
Bowie High School in Prince George’s County won the culinary competition, and George Washington Carver Center for the Arts & Technology in Baltimore County won the management competition.
Each culinary team planned and cooked a three-course meal that was scrutinized by a panel of judges. The teams had one hour to prepare an appetizer, entrée, and dessert from scratch.  Judges scored on proper food safety and sanitation procedures, cooking methods, food taste, teamwork, and menu difficulty.
In the management competition, students created a business proposal for a brand new restaurant. The proposal consisted of a defined restaurant concept, accompanying menu, restaurant layout, employee organization chart, and a marketing plan to promote the new restaurant. Teams presented their concepts to a panel of judges who scored them on their understanding of the restaurant industry, creativity, restaurant management knowledge, and overall business acumen.
Participating teams are part of the nationwide ProStart® program implemented by more than 60 schools in Maryland. RAMEF, in partnership with the National Restaurant Association, established the program to prepare high school students for careers in the food service and hospitality industries. More information can be found at
The winners of the 2017 Maryland ProStart Student Invitational:

Culinary Competition Winners
1st Place:  Bowie High School
2nd Place: Annapolis High School
3rd Place:  Arundel High School

Management Competition Winners
1st Place: George Washington Carver Center for the Arts & Technology
2nd Place: Bowie High School
3rd Place:  DuVal High School
MARSHALL WESTON is president and CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland.

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