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What is the ProStart Invitational?

ProStart student teams from across the state demonstrate their culinary and management skills. Winning teams earn scholarships, honors and the opportunity to compete against the very best teams from other states at the National ProStart Invitational. 

How does the competition work?


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


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. Students are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation.

2020 ProStart Invitational


Hotel RL Olympia

2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW

Olympia, WA 98502


Mar. 13-14, 2020

Mar. 13: Check-in

Mar. 14: Competition & dinner


There is no cost to attend and spectate this event.

Event Details

Mar. 13: Check-in

Mar. 14: Competition


Hotel RL Olympia

2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502


Room rates: $120/night

Reserve by Feb. 21, 2020


Agenda coming soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can parents and friends come to watch?

Who were the 2019 winners?