CA ProStart Cup

March 7 + 8, 2023 | 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 life-changing event!

The 2023 CA ProStart Cup will be hosted at the Long Beach Convention Center on March 7 +8.

Join Us for a Tour!

See ProStart students in action! You’re invited to join us for a tour. You’ll be inspired by the incredible talent and passion.

2023 ProStart Cup Tours Flyer

Thank You to Our Amazing Sponsors!


Wienerschnitzel Logo

Management + Culinary

BJ's Logo

National Team Sponsor

Habit Burger Logo

Spirit Sponsor

Coca Cola logo

Gold Sponsor

Sysco Logo

Silver Sponsor

Southern California Edison Logo

Silver Sponsor

Idaho Potato logo

Bronze Sponsor

CSU HTA logo

Venue Sponsor

Savor logo

Uniform Sponsor

Prudential Overall Supply logo

Meal Sponsor

Habit Burger Logo
Rational Logo
Wienerschnitzel Logo

2022 Highlights!

  • Newport Harbor High School – 1st Place Culinary
    • Appetizer: citrus fennel salad with house made ricotta
    • Entrée: cherry pistachio stuffed pork tenderloin, mustard balsamic sauce
    • Dessert: almond ginger churros with basil syrup and poached pears
  • Orange County School of the Arts – 1st Place Management – The winning concept was a Filipino-infused fast casual concept with technology integrations.
  • Students and teachers 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. From bánh mì dogs to truffle loaded potatoes, contestants wowed the judges!
  • Stacy Chatfield of Fortuna High School was named the ProStart Educator of the Year 
  • Over 200 students attended the College + Career Expo
  • Leuzinger High School won the Team Spirit Award presented by Coca-Cola and snagged theme park tickets!
  • Two very lucky teachers won VIP passes to the Long Beach Grand Prix courtesy of our venue host Savor 

BJ’s Restaurants Culinary Cup

  1. Newport Harbor High School (Orange County)
  2. San Dimas High School (Los Angeles County)
  3. Vista High School (San Diego County)
BJ’s Restaurants Management Cup

  1. Orange County School of the Arts (Orange County)
  2. Fullerton Union High School (Orange County)
  3. San Dimas High School (Los Angeles County)

Taco Bell Crashes the CA ProStart Cup!