High school ProStart competition Friday Feb. 27th

by Guam Community College
Stripes Guam

Will the two-time national champion Simon Sanchez High School ProStart team pull off a five-peat in the local ProStart competition?  Find out next Friday, February 28, when students from four GCC CTE ProStart programs fire up their burners in the GCC Multipurpose Auditorium and in one hour, create three-course edible works of art. This year’s culinary playing field will be a little different. George Washington High School will not be fielding a team, but Okkodo High School will be competing for the first time, with chef Kennylyn Miranda, a 2014 GCC Culinary Arts graduate, as the team’s instructor. Okkodo will compete alongside John F. Kennedy, Southern, and Simon Sanchez high schools to determine which team gets to attend the 14th Annual National ProStart Invitational – the country’s premier high school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts – April 18-20 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.

Whichever team wins the local competition this year will go into the national competition – considered the Olympics of high school culinary competitions – having to defend Guam’s two consecutive national championships won by the SSHS ProStart team in 2013 and 2014.

“Back-to-back national championships had never happened before last year, but Sanchez pulled it off,” said Norman Aguilar, GCC Tourism Department chair. “It will be nearly impossible to pull off a three-peat, because everyone will be trying to beat us, but we’ll do our best to make Guam proud again,” he said.

The Guam team that competes at nationals will have plenty of support. The Micronesian Chefs Association, headed by president and chief ProStart mentor Peter Duenas, provides the GCC ProStart and Culinary Arts programs with financial and mentoring support throughout the year. Also this year, Aguilar noted, Micronesian Brokers, Inc., is donating $2,500 toward the Guam’s team travel expenses.

“MBI has been a great supporter of our postsecondary program through scholarships and donations, and we are very grateful for their added support of our ProStart program this year,” Aguilar said.

Professional chefs from MCA and former Guam ProStart national competitors that are now working in the culinary industry on island will judge the competition. Cooking will start at 10:05 A.M. and end at 11:50 P.M. The winning team will be announced sometime after 2:00 P.M.

Click on the link below for video of the 2014 National ProStart Invitational. The SSHS team is featured at 2:27 into the video. At 8:00 in, the video shows a photo of the SSHS 1st place trophy:

Note: Due to space constraints, this competition is NOT open to the public.

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