The Culinary & Cocktail Clash

The Culinary + Cocktail Clash Raises $90,000 for High School Culinary Arts Programs!

Restaurant brands battled it out in two fiery competitions – culinary and cocktail. In the Culinary Clash, restaurant execs were paired with a ProStart student sous chef to create a menu item using required ingredients. It was a 3-month mentorship that culminates in a tasting event! In the Cocktail Clash, restaurants shook up craft cocktails (no students involved). Attendees sampled it all and vote for their favorite! Annually, this is the California Restaurant Foundation’s biggest fundraiser to support high school culinary arts programs.

Learning from the Pros!

10 students were paired with execs from restaurant brands. Together, they created a new menu item and prepared 300 samples for the Clash tasting. It’s an unparalleled learning opportunity for our ProStart students!

2024 Restaurant Competitors

2024 Sponsors

The Cause

Event sponsorships support high school culinary arts programs in California! The California Restaurant Foundation empowers 14,500 teens each year, bridging the gap between education and employment. We change lives through restaurants!

Enrichment Services:

  • Mentorships
  • Job-training
  • Training for teachers
  • Scholarships

The 2024 Clash Winners!

Mentor of the Year: Lawry’s Restaurants

Sysco Star Student: Areceli with Pacifica Hotels

Judge’s Choice: The Cheesecake Factory

Coca-Cola Champ: Lawry’s Restaurants

FreshPoint Champ: Stonefire Grill

ThinkCulinary Champ: BJ’s Restaurants

Marukan Champ: Urban Plates

Perfect Puree Champ: Wedgewood Weddings

Golden Plate Award: Wienerschnitzel

Ecolab Award: Outback Steakhouse

Equipment Award: Specialty Restaurants

Team Spirit: Specialty Restaurants

Best Station Award: The Cheesecake Factory

Fan Favorite: Pacifica Hotels