Charlotte – The NC ProStart Invitational was held March 7th through the 9th at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC. The event was sponsored by Golden Corral and featured several school teams from the area including North Buncombe High School.
The North Buncombe ProStart team finished second in the management category. The restaurant concept name was “Mangaire” which means “to eat” in Italian. The restaurant was an Italian restaurant with house-made pasta. The kids had to develop the restaurant concept, style, floor plan, Menu, and 2 marketing concepts. In preparing for the competition, they had to make and photograph menu items. They did not cook during the actual competition but gave a business pitch on the specifications on their restaurant including costing of menu items.
“I am very proud of the dedication that these boys gave to this project. But not just because of the trophy they brought home,” said BlackHawks ProStart Coach Amy White. “They complimented and congratulated other competitors, they befriended kids from other schools and even had ‘game night’ with another school on the second night we were there. I am thankful that I get to say that they are my students! My students earned scholarship money toward several different culinary schools including Johnson & Wales and The Culinary Institute of America.”
Editor’s note: Read the complete story with comments from students and coverage of other schools that competed in the area in tomorrow’s newspaper.