When nearly 400 high school students came together in Providence, R.I., for the 2018 National ProStart Invitational (NPSI) – a culinary and restaurant management skills competition – they expected to cook up some delicious meals and create bold restaurant plans, contending for a share of NPSI’s $200,000 in scholarships.
They weren’t expecting to also receive industry advice from TV personality Ted Allen.
Host of the Food Network’s “Chopped” and author of In My Kitchen, Allen was the surprise keynote speaker at NPSI’s opening ceremony and later offered tailored advice to aspiring restaurant industry leaders in a “Share-a-Coke” session, sponsored by NPSI-partner
Allen answered students’ questions, dispensing career advice and reinforcing the value of a culinary education. He spoke to the value of building friendships in the midst of competition, and of appreciating opportunities as they arise.
“A lot of you are going to walk out of here changed,” Allen explained. “A lot of you are going to walk out of here with scholarship money in your pocket. And even the ones that don’t get that, I know this experience is going to be with you the rest of your lives.”
As a founding partner of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) – the organization behind NPSI and the ProStart program – The
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Check out the 2018 winners here.