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South Carolina ProStart Invitational - March 5-7, 2023

The South Carolina ProStart Invitational is the state’s premier competition for high school culinary arts and hospitality students. See the success of our past competitions and learn more about participating next year. You can make a difference by becoming a ProStart educator who provides students with the education they need to enter into a viable career.

Competition Details:

The South Carolina ProStart Invitational is an annual competition hosted by South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Education Foundation (SCRLEF). The competition includes Restaurant Management and Culinary divisions. The Culinary Competition requires students to demonstrate knife skills incorporated into cooking a three-course meal in 60 minutes with only two butane burners, two eight-foot tables, and no electricity or running water. In the Management Competition, students develop a brand new restaurant concept to pitch to a panel of industry and post-secondary judges, complete with critical thinking and verbal presentation rounds.

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 food service industry. In 2022, more than $1.4 million in scholarships were awarded to students by the NRAEF and leading academic institutions.

Invitational sponsorships go towards supporting our teams at the National ProStart Invitational and the SCRLEF Scholarship Program.
SCRLEF is a 501(c)3, all donations are tax-deductible as allowable by law. For more information on sponsorship, please email the SCRLA office at


Doubletree Hotel Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

3200 South Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Competition Resources:

2023 SCPI Rules

 2023 SCPI Agenda

Competition Schedules

Dish Request Form

Recipe, Costing, Menu, and Inventory templates (Word docx)

Hotel information:

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront, 3200 South Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Single/Double/Triple/Quad: $139 per night plus tax and fees if booked before midnight on February 3, 2023.

Teams are required to stay at the host hotel.

Reserve your overnight accommodations online here.
Guests may also book their reservations via phone by calling 1-855-778-1190. Group Code SFB

Complimentary parking is included in the hotel room rate. Resort Fee Waived for Group.

Student Waiver Form - due February 23, 2023.

Team cancellation/withdrawal by January 24, 2023, 11:59 PM (Please note if you do not cancel prior to this date there will be a $250.00 per team cancelation fee assessed).


Congratulations 2022 top teams


1st place – Anderson Career and Technology Center

2nd place – Daniel Morgan Technology Center

3rd place – Ninety-Six High School

4th place – Clover High School

5th place – Golden Strip Career Center

Restaurant Management:

1st place – Anderson Career and Technology Center

2nd place – Golden Strip Career Center

3rd place – G. Frank Russell Technology Center

4th place – Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School

5th place – North Augusta High School

2022 Competition Video

2019 Competition Video

2018 Competition Video

2017 Competition Video

2016 Competition Video

2015 Competition Video

2014 Competition Video


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