CA ProStart Cup

February 21 + 22, 2024 | Long Beach Convention Center

The CA ProStart Cup is more than a cooking competition – it’s a life-changing experience! Imagine being 16 years old and pitching a new restaurant concept to a panel of restaurateurs. Or having a crowd of people watch you as you put the finishing touches on a three-course meal. This is a transformative leadership experience!

The CA ProStart Cup includes:

  • pitching a new restaurant concept
  • creating a 3-course menu
  • quick fire culinary R+D competitions
  • a College + Career Expo, and more!

The event is supported by over 60 industry judges, 100 college volunteers, and many generous sponsors. Be part of the magic! Contact us at Foundation@CalRest.org to get involved in 2025.

Download the ProStart Program

Thank You to Our Amazing 2024 Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Wienerschnitzel Logo
Culinary + Management Cup Sponsor
Wienerschnitzel Logo

Venue Sponsor

Southern California Edison Logo
Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center

Gold Sponsor

Sysco Logo
National Team Sponsor
Habit Burger Logo

Silver Sponsor

Southern California Edison Logo
Idaho Potato logo
Lyons logo
NORMS logo

Safety + Sanitation Sponsor

Ecolab logo
Spirit Sponsor
Coca-Cola logo
Bronze Sponsor
CSU HTA logo
Marukan logo

Meal Sponsor

Keurig Dr Pepper
Wienerschnitzel Logo
Rational Logo
Urban Plates Logo
Gavina Gourmet Coffee
VIP Reception Sponsor
Aquarium of the Pacific logo
Sysco Logo
Sysco Logo
The Perfect Puree logo
Friends of CRF
Projection logo
Cal Poly Pomona logo
Social Crowd logo
Forge to Table logo

Apron Sponsor

Prudential Overall Supply

Media Coverage

FOX40

NBC4

ABC7

The Orange County Register

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Los Angeles Times – Orange County

Long Beach Press Telegram

Patch

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Students from all over the state converged in the Long Beach Convention Center to show their chops in the 2024 California ProStart Cup.

2024 Highlights!

  • Kristen Collins from Pacifica High School was named the ProStart Educator of the Year 
  • Over 300 students attended the College + Career Expo
  • Glen A. Wilson High School won the Team Spirit Award presented by Coca-Cola and snagged theme park tickets
  • Students competed in the Wienerschnitzel’s Dress Your Dog hotdog topping competition and the Loaded Idaho Baked Potato competition! They had just 10 minutes to prepare their creations. The entries were judged by executives from Wienerschnitzel and the Idaho Potato Commission.
  • Valeria from Bell Gardens High School was announced as the winner of the NORMS Hotcake Topper Competition that was hosted in October. Her creative churro topper may be featured on the NORMS menu!

BJ’s Restaurants Culinary Cup

  1. Bonita High School (Los Angeles County)
  2. Orange County School of the Arts (Orange County)
  3. Pacifica High School (Ventura County)

 Winning Menu: 3-course meal of Raviolo Doppio, Pan-Seared Elk Tenderloin, and a layered Mascarpone Mousse.

 

BJ’s Restaurants Management Cup

  1. Orange County School of the Arts (Orange County)
  2. Fullerton Union High School (Orange County)
  3. Pacific Grove High School (Monterey County)

Winning Concept: Teddy’s is a fresh new idea for ProStartville students and sports fans that ties back to the college mascot. We serve un-bear-ably good breakfast all day, allowing everyone to score an energizing meal. 

Wienerschnitzel’s Dres Your Dog Competition

  1. San Dimas High School (Los Angeles County)
  2. Sherman Indian High School (Riverside County)
  3. San Dimas High School (Los Angeles County)

Top Dog: A teriyaki glazed hotdog wrapped in seaweed, topped with fresh avocado, and cucumber ribbons, finished with sriracha mayo drizzle, and sesame dresses microgreens.

 

Loaded Idaho Baked Potato Competition

  1. San Dimas High School (Los Angeles County)
  2. Orange County School of the Arts (Orange County)
  3. Glen A. Wilson High School (Los Angeles County)

Winning Potato: A delightful twist on the classic mango sticky rice dessert. This treat used Idaho potatoes, infused with the flavors of ripe mango and coconut. Served with a drizzle of mango-infused syrup and sprinkled with toasted coconut flakes, and moong daal.

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