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Local schools succeed at 2013 ProStart Culinary Team Competition
Local schools succeed at 2013 ProStart Culinary Team Competition

Tampa Bay, Florida-- Congratulations are in order for students of Tarpon Springs High School, Leto High School and Avon Park High School as teams from each stood out among 55 Florida schools at the 13th Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competition last week in Orlando.

Teams from schools across the state were judged on their preparation of a gourmet meal, their ability to create a business proposal for a new restaurant, their creative design of an edible centerpiece and their finishing touches during an event called "the waiter’s relay race." 

The event host, The Florida Restaurant and lodging Association's Educational Foundation, announced the winners at the end of the two-day event last Friday, March 8. 

Both Tarpon Springs High School and Leto High School were top-five winners of the overall competition! Tarpon Springs High won first place overall, and Leto tied with Eastside High School of Alachua County for fourth place.

It's likely the two schools received the honor because of their success in each of the events.

Organizers say Leto High placed first with their gourmet meal. Tarpon Springs High placed second in that challenge, third in the restaurant propsal challenge, and then stole another first place mention for their edible, fruits and veggies centerpiece!

PHOTOS: Click here to see more photos of the event!

Avon Park High took first place in the "waiter's relay race", which required teams to duplicate a table setting while racing against the clock.

“This program gives high school students the opportunity to develop a skill set that will make them more marketable as future employees,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.  “FRLAEF is the only organization in Florida to offer the ProStart program,"- which provides high schoolers with job skills and opportunities at related jobs through higher education.

"We are excited to congratulate all the winners and participants of the team competitions,” said Dover.

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