February 2, 2015
Contact: Kathleen Vik, Family and Consumer Science Teacher
Chugiak High School ProStart students competed and won the Alaska ProStart Culinary Invitational Competition on January 31. ProStart is culinary and hospitality program developed by the National Restaurant Association.
For the fourth year in a row, the Chugiak Management Team earned a first place award and the opportunity to represent Alaska at the National ProStart Invitational Competition being held in Anaheim, CA in April. Each team member earned more than $30,000 in scholarships. The team designed and presented a business plan for a new restaurant they called " Wrap It Up." Team members included Kaitlyn Head, Jordan Kesler, Michelle Eliason, Kamryn Froehle and Julia Turner. The team was mentored by Michelle Smith from Snow City Café, and Robert Kelsey from Simon & Seafort's.
The Chugiak Culinary Team earned a second place award following a first place award the past three years. Each team member earned $20,000 in scholarships and knife sets from Mercer. The team was mentored by Chef Naomi Everett from UAA Culinary Arts. The team had one hour and two butane burners to prepare two identical appetizers, entrees and desserts. The team menu included:
Kathy Vik, Family and Consumer Science and ProStart teacher at Chugiak, was also named the Alaska ProStart Teacher of the Year. She will be presented the award at the National Restaurant Association conference held in Chicago in May.