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2024 NJ ProStart Invitational

2024 NJ ProStart Invitational

NJ's Annual ProStart Invitational Competition!

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EST)

Event Details

Support our ProStart Students!

NJ High School ProStart Teams from all across the state show off their talent and creative spirits in this "Shark Tank" meets "Top Chef" culinary and management competition. 

NJ's Hospitality Industry leaders volunteer their time to judge the competition and offer their mentorship to our students!

The NJREF teams up each year with colleges and universities throughout the Northeast to award $750,000 in scholarships to the first, second, and third place teams! The first place culinary and management teams move on to the National ProStart Invitational in Baltimore, MD representing New Jersey!

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Culinary Competition

Students are challenged to create a three course menu and prepare their menu items in only an hour using no electricity. Only a butane burner!

Management Competition

Students are challenged with presenting a restaurant business concept and model including their theme, menu, pricing, marketing, and more!

 Awards Celebration

Celebrate our 2024 competitors over food and drinks. Winners of the Invitational will be announced! **Requires a purchased ticket to attend.**

The competition portion is free to attend and does not require registration. The Awards Celebration will require a ticket to attend.

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February 27
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM NJ's Annual ProStart Management & Culinary Competition NJ's ProStart Culinary & Management Competition will be occurring simultaneously. Feel free to check out both parts of the competition and cheer our students on!
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Awards Celebration Winners of the 2024 Competition will be announced! Join us in celebrating our competitors over food and drinks! **This portion of the event requires a purchased ticket to enter.**

For More Information:

Alisa Alarcon
Alisa Alarcon
Director of Marketing & Communications 6095993316