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At the heart of Food in Fashion is its showcase of student culinary teams.
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. As many as 15 teams will be chosen to participate.
New for 2019:
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.
judged by a panel of professionals.
Culinary team hors d'oeuvres will be
preparation will take place off-site.
chef mentor will work with each team.
elected official mentor will work with each team.
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.
In addition to a
VIP Student Experience Tour of potential internship or job opportunity sites in Dallas’ center city.
Following the event, teams will participate in a
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, one instructor, their mentor chef, and their elected official.
A program may submit interest for more than one team. Please use one submission form per team, however. We may not be able to accept all teams that register. We will notify instructors of selected teams by January 18, 2019.
Culinary program instructors may complete and submit this form to apply for participation.