Rich’s Sponsors 8th Annual New York ProStart Student Invitational in Niagara Falls

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Rich's Sponsors New York ProStart Student Invitational

Buffalo, NY, March 22, 2012 – Rich Products Corporation is proud to support the Annual ProStart® Student Invitational – two full days of culinary and restaurant management competitions taking place on March 23-24. As part of this competition, 15 culinary teams and 8 management teams comprised of high school students from across the state will gather at the Conference Center Niagara Falls (101 Old Falls St.) to compete in a series of events challenging students on their culinary skills and hospitality management knowledge.

“Rich’s has been a proud sponsor of the ProStart® Invitational for more than five years now,” said Jake Brach, Rich’s Culinary Manager, Commercial Chain Group. “We find so much value in offering our support to events that help prepare the next generation of culinary and hospitality professionals.”

The event will be open to the public on Saturday, March 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Rich's Sponsors 8th Annual New York ProStart Student Invitational

About the New York ProStart® Competition Organized by the New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA) Educational Foundation, the Invitational includes two exciting events: a Culinary competition and a Hospitality Management competition. In the Culinary Competition, students in teams of two to four students must prepare two identical portions of a three-course meal consisting of a starter, entrée and dessert – all within a 60-minute time frame. The students will be judged on knife skills and poultry fabrication; method and technique; sanitation and safety; professionalism; presentation; recipe costing; organization and teamwork.

In the Management Competition, teams of two to four students will present a proposal for a restaurant concept. Each team will be evaluated on a visual presentation communicating the concept, menu and marketing tactics, as well as on critical thinking responses to foodservice, hospitality and business-focused questions covered in the first year of the ProStart® curriculum.

Rich's Sponsors 8th Annual New York ProStart Student Invitational

“This year, we are the official sponsor or the Hospitality Management Competition, but Rich’s associates will serve as judges for both parts of the competition,” said Brach. “I love participating in this event. It’s so exciting to see student enthusiasm and creativity in the foodservice industry.”

Teams in both competitions will be judged by leading chefs from restaurants and post-secondary schools, as well as professionals from restaurants, small companies and corporations. Those placing first through fifth from each competition will be awarded scholarships to pursue post-secondary education in foodservice and restaurant management, as well as cash and prizes. More than $1.5 million in scholarships will be given to students this year alone. The winning teams from each competition will also receive the opportunity to compete in the 2012 National ProStart® Invitational held on April 27-29 in Baltimore Maryland (where teams representing 47 states will compete).

More than 3,500 students from 400+ high schools are enrolled in the ProStart® program at 50 sites across New York State.