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
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.