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South Carolina 20th ProStart Invitational - March 3-5, 2024

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 the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Foundation (SCRLF). 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 2023, 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 SCRLF Scholarship Program.
SCRLF 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


Embassy Suites Oceanfront at the Kingston Resort

8800 Queensway Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Competition Resources:

2024 SCPI Rules

 2024 SCPI Agenda 

Competition Schedules

Dish Request Form Due February 22, 2024


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

Hotel information:

Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach Oceanfront at the Kingston Resorts, 8800 Queensway Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Single/Double/Triple/Quad: $149 per night plus tax and fees if booked before midnight on February 1, 2024.

Teams are required to stay at the host hotel.

Reserve your overnight accommodations online here.

  • Hotel Reservation Information, please call 800-876-0010 and use SCP Group Code for the South Carolina ProStart Invitational rate.

Guests may also book their reservations via phone by calling 1-800-876-0010 Group Cod SCP

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, 2024, 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 2023 top teams


1st place – Anderson Career and Technology Center

2nd place – Golden Strip Career Center Daniel Morgan Technology Center

3rd place – Daniel Morgan Technology Center Ninety-Six High School

4th place – Ninety-Six High School

5th place – Lancaster County School District Career Center

Restaurant Management:

1st place – Golden Strip Career Center

2nd place – Bamberg-Elhardt High School

3rd place – Center for Advanced Technical Studies

4th place – G. Frank Russell Technology Center

5th place – South Aiken High School

2022 Competition Video

2022 Competition Video

2019 Competition Video

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2016 Competition Video

2015 Competition Video

2014 Competition Video


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