Joliet West High School Culinary Arts Students Compete at ProStart Invitational
March 8, 2018 07:55 AM
A team of Joliet West High School Culinary Arts 2 students, including (pictured left to right) Lafaye Vaden, Crystal Andrade, Jaidyn Bacot, Deanna Edwards, and Sophia Murillo participated in the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation ProStart Invitational on February 24th, 2018 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The students are taught by Holly Camerano, Family and Consumer Science Teacher.
At the competition, the students created and estimated the cost of a three course meal that they had to prepare in 60 minutes. Their dishes were critiqued by local chefs, resulting in networking opportunities with culinary industry and hospitality professionals.
The ProStart Invitational is a culinary competition for high school student’s that are in a culinary arts courses that utilize the ProStart curriculum offered by the National Restaurant Association. The competition focuses on creating and costing a three course menu that gets evaluated and judged by local culinary professionals. This was the first team to join teams from around the state of Illinois and represent Joliet West High School.
Student Sofia Murillo said, “It was a fascinating experience that reassured my belief that culinary is an amazing career.”
Fellow student Crystal Andrade added, “A life experience that will never be forgotten.”