BOCES Students Take Home First Place in ProStart Competition

April 01, 2019

Culinary Arts students Hailey Hernandez (Carmel) and  Ke’Ajahnai Ridenhour (Hendrick Hudson) placed first in the New York State ProStart Invitational competition held recently at the Culinary Institute of New York. Both are Hospitality Academy students at The Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES.
The pair won the Management Team competition, in which students have to develop a proposal for a restaurant concept and present it to a panel of industry judges who put their problem-solving skills to the test through a series of challenges.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my students,” said Culinary Arts teacher Suzie Low-Pratt. “They worked really hard on this competition and they made a great team!”
Hernandez and Ridenhour were both awarded scholarships and will represent New York State at the National ProStart competition in Washington, DC, May 8-10.
The National ProStart Invitational is the country's premier secondary school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. It is sponsored by the National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation.
The winners (in pink): Hailey Hernandez and Ke’Ajahnai Ridenhour, with their teacher Suzie Low-Pratt (second from right).