CA Takes 3rd at National Competition

May 9, 2023

Good news is meant to be shared! ProStart students from San Dimas High School just won 3rd place at the National ProStart Student Invitational in Washington, D.C.!

Their winning restaurant concept they pitched? “CHEAT DAY” with the slogan “because you deserve it”. It’s gluttonous and unapologetic! Menu items include “the whole dang pizza” and “the fries you’ve been craving”. 

You can celebrate their tremendous accomplishment by commenting on our Instagram! And here’s to hoping “CHEAT DAY” opens one day!


Group of students at the ProStart event

Orange County School of the Arts Wows in Culinary!

ProStart students from OCSA made an impressive showing in the culinary competition with their menu: 

Appetizer: seared scallop with lemon tarragon pea foam 

Entrée: bistro fillet with glazed vegetables and oyster mushroom cream sauce 

Dessert: caramel mouse with apple puree, nut crumble, and caramel sauce 

Group of students standing with the California Republic flag

Supported by Iconic Brands

Our biggest thanks to The Habit Burger Grill for sending our students to D.C. and to WienerschnitzelBJ’s Restaurants, and SAVOR for making our state competition possible. We’re grateful to have the support of these iconic hospitality brands!

West Coast best coast? We think so!

Group of Students meeting James Fripp

Meeting Industry Leaders

Students met James Fripp, Chief Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging Officer at YUM! He is also the Chair of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. 

Group of students from ProStart in front of Abraham Lincoln statue

Seeing the Sites 

Students spent the week in D.C. and met students from around the U.S. They had a blast touring the monuments and trying new food. 

Thank you for believing in our students!

Sponsors of ProStart

Inspired? Join Us!

The California Restaurant Foundation, the nonprofit behind ProStart, changes lives through restaurants. You can create memorable learning experiences for teens from all backgrounds! Sponsoring an event, mentoring a class, hosting a field trip… there are so many ways to make an impact.

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Group of students from ProStart
Group of students from ProStart