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Meet our 2023 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. the sweet and savory appetizers prepared by these teams may be sampled by Food in Fashion guests.

Participating Culinary Teams:

  1. Skyline High School 
  2. Allen High School 
  3. Cedar Hill High School 
  4. Bill R. Johnson CTE Center 
  5. Single Academy 
  6. Ranchview High School 
  7. Ben Barber Innovation Academy


2023 Ben E. Keith Culinary Competition Judges
  1. Dr. Emily Williams Knight- President/CEO Texas Restaurant Association 
  2. Ron Ruggless- Senior Editor Informa Connect 
  3. Russell Woodward- Sr. Marketing Manager Texas Beef Council