Pennsylvania ProStart Student Invitational

The third annual Pennsylvania ProStart Student Invitational will be held on March 8, 2017, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pa. ProStart students from around the state will compete against their peers in the culinary and management competitions. The first place winners in each competition will represent Pennsylvania at the National ProStart Invitational on April 28-30, 2017, in Charleston, South Carolina.

Management Competition

Management teams develop a proposal for the next hot restaurant concept and present it to a panel of judges. Their ability to think on their feet was tested as they solve challenges managers face on a daily basis.

2016 Management Competition Results
First Place: Monroe Career & Technical Institute-Team Hendry
Second Place: Monroe Career & Technical Institute-Team Stelmach
Third Place: Northumberland County Career & Technology Center

Culinary Competition

The culinary competition highlights the creative abilities of each team through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners and with no access to running water or electricity. They are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation.

2016 Culinary Competition Results
First Place: Milton Hershey School
Second Place: Monroe Career & Technical Institute
Third Place: Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center

Event Press Release

Awards Lunch

The day concluded with a lunch for participants where the competition winners were revealed, and awards and scholarships were presented. More than $50,000 in scholarship monies were awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in each competition. 


2017 Student Waiver Form
(Microsoft Word Document)
2017 Dish Order Form
(Adobe PDF File)
Exhibitor Registration
(Adobe PDF File)

State Invitational Sponsors 


Curtze Food Service


Hershey Entertainment & Resorts
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews
SYSCO Pittsburgh
The Culinary Arts Institute at Montgomery County Community College


Auntie Anne's
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Pittsburgh Technical College
Westmoreland County Community College

Prize Sponsor

Gunter Wilhelm
Mercer Culinary

Gift Bag Donors

Carol H. Gilber Consulting
Hershey Foodservice
New Chef
Pennsylvania Beef Council
Primanti Bros.
Utz Snacks

National Invitational Travel Sponsor

The Hershey Company

PRLA Corporate Sponsors

Ellis Coffee Co.

Exhibitors at the 2016 PA ProStart Student Invitational 

Culinary Arts Institute at Montgomery County Community College
IUP Academy of Culinary Arts
Johnson & Wales University
Monroe College
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Sullivan University
The Art Institutes
The Culinary Institute of America
Westmoreland County Community College
YTI Career Institute, Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts