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TCA team 'serves it up' at national competition

(L-R) Sagan Smith, Francisco Chavira Gonzalez, Tessa Mariscal and Corbin Reinhardt.
Guac and Roll team members prepare the meal.

The Career Academy ProStart team served up a top score at the National ProStart Invitational on April 27-30 in Providence, Rhode Island.

‘Guac and Roll’, Lincoln’s Career Academy’s team of Francisco Chavira Gonzalez, Tessa Mariscal, Corbin Reinhardt, and Sagan Smith, placed in the top 25, a strong showing in a tough Culinary Competition.

ProStart is a program of the Hospitality Education Foundation, the educational arm of the Nebraska Restaurant Association. The curriculum teaches high school students the culinary and management skills leading to successful careers as professionals in the food service industry.

The “Guac and Roll” team showcased creativity and proficiency by preparing a three-course meal in 60 minutes using only two butane burners and no access to running water or electricity. They prepared a starter of Mache Salad, an entrée of Pan-Fried Veal Chops with Mushroom-Cider pan sauce, Parmesan-dusted Polenta Fries and Braised Vegetables and for dessert, a White Chocolate Bavarian in a gold-dusted Dark Chocolate Pyramid with sweetened cream Quenelle, Fresh Berries & Mixed Berry Sauce. Judges evaluated “Guac and Roll” not only on taste, but on skill, teamwork, safety, and sanitation.

Chef Maybell Galusha, Career Academy Educator, and Mentor Justin Stout, provided guidance and assistance to the team.

“The teams spent countless hours practicing and preparing to compete against the best of the best at Nationals,” said Brandy Nielson, Nebraska Restaurant Association Membership and Marketing Director. “The future looks bright for these Nebraska culinary students and the Nebraska food service industry!”  

The Nebraska Restaurant Association promotes the industry through the Hospitality Education Foundation, and fosters the growth of professionalism in the industry by providing educational opportunities, programs, and scholarships.  


For more information contact:
Andrea Gallagher
Marketing Specialist