The Arlington Convention Center is the stage for the 2012 Greater Dallas Restaraunt Association Prostart Competition an event dedicated to finding the next generation of restaraunt entrepreneurs. Teams of students have spent months thinking of fancy dishes that they hope will dazzle judges.
“We’ve been practicing since like October for this so we’re very confident coming into this and we’re nervous but it’s a good nervous,” said Student Meagan Davis. “It’s not like we’re going to do bad nervous.”
These junior chefs know easy won’t win you first place. They’re going all out with five star meals like rack of lamb, or filet mignon. If done right, it could lead to a top finish, and future opportunities.
“Having this on your resume is incredible,” said Student Amber Kurkowski. “It definitely is one of those things that if a restaraunt owner see’s it on your resume they’re going to go oh wow you know what you’re doing. You’ve worked really hard and you know how this business runs.”
Besides the pressure of winning over the judges each team also has to beat the clock. They have sixty minutes to create a three course meal and if the clock hits zero before they’re done they’re penalized. The judges say it’s all part of learning to be a professional chef.
“We want these kids to really be successful,” said Roger Kaplan who is a member of the Greater Dallas Restaurant Assocation. “We’re all rooting for them. This is a chance to get a feel for what our business is like, meet with our business leaders in the industry, and we want to be the ones to set them on the right paths.”
Finally after a long day each meal is ready and the judges have sampled each one. The winners are announced. For these students it was an emotional victory.
“I feel like we finally made our name!” said Student Macey Golden. “We’re out in the boonies at Royse City High School and we finally showed them that we can actually do this.”
Today’s win is just the beginning. Their next stop will be in Austin to compete with other high schools from all over Texas in the state finals.
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