ProStart team. Photograph by Christian Davis.
Help build our future restaurant and hospitality workforce

Meet our 2019 Ben E. Keith Culinary Competition Teams

At the heart of Food in Fashion is its showcase of student culinary teams during our Ben E. Keith Culinary Competition.

Most of the North Texas high school teams listed below are in the ProStart program. Supported by the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, ProStart gives public high school students the opportunity to learn about the art of cooking and managing restaurants. While training with professional chefs and getting valuable classroom instruction, ProStart students can also earn college credit—and make a little money!

El Centro College's Food and Hospitality Institute provides a great, hands-on education at a fraction of the cost of for-profit culinary schools. Many graduates work all over the Dallas and Texas in top hotels, restaurants, cafés and bakeries.

Helping to fight the causes and effects of poverty, CitySquare's WorkPaths Hospitality Training Program offers classroom instruction, industry certifications, hands-on learning, and on-the-job training for men and women ages 18 and older.

Between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Fortnight Ballroom, the sweet and savory appetizers prepared by these teams may be sampled by Food in Fashion guests as they also bid on silent auction items.


2019 Ben E. Keith Culinary Competition Judges

Chef Pascal Caye, Lavendou Bistro Provencal
Chef Cassaundra Bayot, Asian Mint Restaurant, Asian Mint Restaurant
Chef Audrey Priest, Grand Hyatt DFW, Grand Hyatt DFW


2019 Culinary Teams
  • Bryan Adams High School - Dallas ISD
  • Cedar Hill High School
  • CitySquare's WorkPaths Hospitality Training Program
  • DeSoto High School
  • El Centro College Food and Hospitality Institute
  • Emmett Conrad High School - Dallas ISD
  • Forney High School
  • Lancaster High School
  • Lincoln High School - Dallas ISD
  • Mesquite High School
  • Molina High School - Dallas ISD
  • Skyline High School (Raider Seniors) - Dallas ISD
  • Skyline High School (Cully Crew) - Dallas ISD
  • Wilmer-Hutchins High School (Mighty Eagles) - Dallas ISD
  • Wilmer-Hutchins High School (Young Bosses) - Dallas ISD

Food in Fashion will be presented by the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association, Monday, Mar. 18, 2019, at The Joule, Dallas.

Proceeds benefit career-development programs in the restaurant and hospitality industries.

Our primary beneficiary is the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation. A 501 (c)(3) charitable non-profit [Tax ID: 74-2732907], TRAEF sponsors ProStart, a restaurant workforce-development program in public schools.

A portion of proceeds will also be donated to El Centro College's Food and Hospitality Institute and CitySquare's WorkPaths Hospitality Training Program.



Contact Us


Greater Dallas Restaurant Association
14785 Preston Rd., Suite 455
Dallas, TX 75254 USA
Randall White, Producer
randall@foodinfashion.org