SC ProStart Invitational

Two Challenging Competitions

The National ProStart Invitational is composed of two distinct competitions – management and culinary – that showcase the most important skills needed on either side of the restaurant and foodservice industry.



Management teams develop a proposal for the next promising restaurant concept and present it to a panel of industry judges. Next, their problem solving skills are tested as they quickly solve challenges faced by managers daily.


2017 Restaurant Management Competition Results:

5th Place: The Applied Technology Center – Rock Hill

4th Place: Wando High School – Charleston

3rd Place: Academy for Technology and Academics – Conway

2nd Place: Blythewood High School – Blythewood

1st Place:   Anderson Career and Technology Center – Anderson



The culinary competition highlights each team’s creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners, and without access to running water or electricity. There is no room for error as they are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation.

2017 Culinary Arts Competition Results:

5th Place: Academy for Technology and Academics – Conway

4th Place:  Blythewood High School – Blythewood

3rd Place: West Ashley High School – Charleston

2nd Place: Wando High School – Charleston

1st Place: Anderson Career and Technology Center – Anderson

Competition Rewards

The top five teams from the culinary and management competitions are awarded generous educational scholarships to help further their careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry. In 2013, more than $1.4 million in scholarships was awarded to students by the NRAEF and leading academic institutions.

In addition, all competitors are encouraged to take full advantage of competing at the National ProStart Invitational by networking with other students and industry professionals in attendance.

How can you get involved?


For further event details and media inquiries contact: Douglas OFlaherty, or 803.765.9000

2017 SC ProStart Competition Video

2016 SC ProStart Competition Video

2015 SC ProStart Invitational Video

2014 SC ProStart Invitational Video