Sponsored by The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Educational Foundation (FRLAEF)

John A Ferguson, Hialeah Gardens, and South Dade Senior High School students participated in the 2017 ProStart Culinary Team Competition on March 3-4, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.

A total of 47 schools from around Florida participated in the competition with 15 schools winning top awards throughout the day’s events. More than $1.4 million in scholarships was distributed to the winning schools. All winners and participants are a part of Florida’s ProStart program which is a career technical education program where high school students learn from an industry-derived curriculum that teaches culinary techniques and restaurant management skills.  More than 20,000 students from across the state are enrolled in the program. The four main event competitions included: the Cracker Barrel Management Competition, the Johnson & Wales University Culinary Competition, the Keiser University Edible Centerpiece Competition, and the Coca-Cola Company Waiters Relay Competition.

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