ProStart team. Photograph by Christian Davis.
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× ALERT As of Feb. 6, we have filled all 15 culinary student teams for Food in Fashion. Thank you for your interest.

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

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.

In a friendly competition, 3-person teams will prepare appetizers for Food in Fashion and then present them to event guests.

New for 2019:

    We're expanding eligible three-person culinary teams to include area ProStart program students, students in El Centro College's Food and Hospitality Institute and adults in CitySquare's WorkPaths Hospitality Training Program.
    Culinary team hors d'oeuvres will be judged by a panel of professionals.
    Appetizer preparation will take place off-site.
    A restaurant chef mentor will be available to work with the teams.
    An elected official mentor will be available to work with the teams.
    In addition to Ben E. Keith Culinary Cup trophy sponsored by the competition's sponsor, top-placing teams will be eligible to have a program "wish list" need donated by Food in Fashion.
    Following the event, teams will participate in a VIP Student Experience Tour of potential internship or job opportunity sites in Dallas’ center city.

Teams will select their own appetizer menu and prepare it off-site with the participation of their chef and elected official mentors. Needed groceries items will be provided by the culinary competition sponsor. Our hope is that the chef mentors will bring the teams into their restaurants for prep on Monday, March 18, 2019. (Schools: Please take into consideration your spring break schedules)

Teams will bring their appetizers to The Joule in the late afternoon for presentation, judging, and to be served to guests for the early evening event.

Complimentary admission to Food in Fashion will offered to each member of the three-person team and one instructor.

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.

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Greater Dallas Restaurant Association
14785 Preston Rd., Suite 455
Dallas, TX 75254 USA
Debora Russell
(972) 671-4372