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Culinary ‘Boot Camp’ for high school students coming to SE Michigan

 Culinary ‘Boot Camp’ for high school students coming to SE Michigan

The ProStart Boot Camp is a one-day interactive training event to prepare high school students for the Michigan Hospitality Foundation (MHF) ProStart Competition that takes place in Kalamazoo in March of 2024.

The ProStart Boot Camp is a one-day interactive training event to prepare high school students for the Michigan Hospitality Foundation (MHF) ProStart Competition that takes place in Kalamazoo on March 10 – 11, 2024.

This intensive boot camp, which will be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi (46100 Grand River Ave.) on Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will offer participants hands-on experience and insights into competition expectations.

ProStart students at the Boot Camp will experience the heat of competition, learn professional speaking skills, hear details about expectations on the competition floor, become familiar with the competition structure, and test and improve critical thinking skills.

All-encompassing training

A student prepares a dish during the 2023 competition
A student prepares a dish during the 2023 competition

They also will train in a wide array of categories, including plating, knife skills, recipe and costing, cooler packing, and management.

The ProStart Boot Camp is a meaningful opportunity for students to gain practical skills for real-world hospitality jobs as well as enhance their chances of success in the 2024 MHF ProStart Competition.

$100,000 in scholarships

The 2024 MHF ProStart Competition provides foundational education to students who are the future of the hospitality industry in Michigan.

More than $100,000 in scholarships will be awarded to winners to help pursue careers in foodservice, and the winning teams in the Culinary and Management competitions will represent Michigan in the National ProStart Invitational in Baltimore, Maryland, from April 26-28, 2024.

This year’s ProStart Boot Camp has the largest number of participants to-date, with more than 325 students and educators from 25 participating schools and districts, including: Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southeast; Plymouth Canton Educational Park Culinary Arts; Regional Career Technical Center – Ypsilanti; Riverview Community High School; South Redford School District; and the Van Buren Tech Center.

Ed Wright can be reached at 734-664-4657 or edwright@socialhousenews.com.

A variety of culinary skills will be covered
A variety of culinary skills will be covered
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