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

Meet our 2020 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!

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

Between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in The Manor, 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.

Participating Culinary Teams:
  • Cedar Hill High School
  • Cedar Hill High School
  • Desoto High school
  • Jack E. Singley
  • Lancaster High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Mesquite High School
  • Molina High School
  • North Forney High School
  • Skyline High School
  • Skyline High School
  • Wilmer Hutchins High School

2020 Ben E. Keith Culinary Competition Judges

Chef Nick Walker, Commons Club

Chef Sharon Van Meter, 3015 at Trinity Groves

Emily Williams Knight, CEO Texas Restaurant Association


Food in Fashion will be presented by the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association, Monday, Mar. 2, 2020, at Virgin Hotels 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 Virgin Unite.



Contact Us


Greater Dallas Restaurant Association
14785 Preston Rd., Suite 455
Dallas, TX 75254 USA
(972) 671-4372
Jerry Walker
jwalker@gdra.org