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2017 ProStart State Invitational


The ProStart State Invitational is New Hampshire’s premier culinary competition featuring high school juniors and seniors. During this intense competition, participating teams demonstrate their creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners, and all without access to running water or electricity. There is no room for error as the teams are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation!


The 2017 State Invitational was held on Saturday, March 11 at UNH- Stillings Dining Hall in Durham, NH. The competition kicked off with competing school, Portsmouth High School, at 8am and ended with an awards ceremony. The competition was very tight with first place and last place only ten points apart. Our competing schools were Concord Regional Technical Center, Creteau Regional  Technology Center, Milford High School & Applied Technology Center, Mount Washington Valley Career & Technical Center, Pinkerton Academy, Plymouth Applied Technology Center, Portsmouth High School.


Congratulations to Pinkerton Academy! Following their state win, they competed at the New England Regional ProStart Invitational on April 1st in Portland, ME. This competition between CT, ME, NH, and RI was great practice as they prepared to represent New Hampshire at the 2017 National ProStart Invitational.


Winner - Pinkerton Academy



Chef Keith Desjardins, Andrew Wentworth, Brad Goodwin, Vanessa Ascolillo, Matthew Graham, Caelan Dunwoody, Chef Mark Cahill, Tanya Randolph (Adovcacy and Community Relations Administrator,


2nd Place - Mount Washington Career & Technical Center



Chef Mark Tapper, Aeneas Robinson, Chance Bousquet

3rd Place - Concord Regional Technology Center




Chef Bob McIntosh, Braedon Miller, Max Cross, Brandon Diaz, Faith Mark, Megan Leslie


Creteau Regional Technology Center



Michelle Bernier, Justin Fowler, Alekzander Munoz, Alex Inman, Alex Gold, Jordan MacDonald, Victoria Garay, Deborah Weymouth


Milford High School & Applied Technology Center


Steven O'Connor, Javier Sandoval, Elizabeth Bonnot, Jonathan DeJesus, Chef Mike Levin


Plymouth Applied Technology Center


Chef Patricia Rollins,Skye Calnan, Bethany Eames, Kailee Smith, Ethan MacDonald, Keigan Leavitt, Chef Ellen Malm


Portsmouth High School


 Gavin Piesik, Katelynn Leathers, Gretchen Heindel, Annah Shaheen, Chef Perrin H. Long


2017 NH ProStart State Invitational
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2017 National ProStart Invitational

The National ProStart Invitational is the country’s premier high school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. 

On April 27, five students from Pinkerton Academy, Derry, NH made their way to Charleston, SC to compete at the 16th Annual National ProStart Invitational. This year, nearly 400 student competitors from 46 states, Guam, and DoDEA put their skills to the test in front of culinary and restaurant business leaders, family, and friends.

National ProStart Invitational activities began April 28 with the Business & Education Expo and the weekend officially kicked off Friday evening at the Opening Ceremony. Students had time to unwind and celebrate their successes on Saturday evening at Champions’ Night In. The festivities concluded with an Awards Dinner honoring the winners on the evening of April 30. Outside of the competition, all competitors had the opportunity to network with restaurant and hospitality industry leaders and learn more about post-secondary education opportunities.

Pinkerton prepared a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners, and no access to running water or electricity. The judges evaluated them on taste, skill, teamwork, safety, and sanitation. They presented a menu of Pan-Seared Jumbo Scallop with Peach “Caviar”, Applewood Smoked Duck Breast, and Macerated Berries and Cream with Pinkerton harvested maple syrup.

Chef Mark Cahill said, "It was an incredible journey that exceeded all of our expectations. We are forever grateful to our friends, families and colleagues (NHRLA, FEEDNH) for their guidance, support and generosity. For our students, this experience has opened up a world of opportunity, and is one that will catapult them into the next chapter in their lives."

NHLRA’s Education Programs Coordinator, Amie Pariseau, agreed. “This trip to Nationals was amazing. Andrew, Brad, Caelan, Matt, and Vanessa really brought their “A” game to the competition. They were focused, determined, had one of the cleanest stations in the competition, and above all, they were a team from start to finish. I was so proud to watch them!”



The 2016-2017 ProStart Season has ended.



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