Milton Hershey School Students Place First at 2016 ProStart Culinary Invitational

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For the second year in a row, MHS places first in state competition

Pictured (from L to R): Kaitlyn White, Jasmine Gadson, Kiana Gilbert, Andre Sumler and Sabrina Skinner.

“The students practiced and worked incredibly hard in preparation and executed their food extremely well under the intense pressure of competition,” said MHS Culinary Arts Teacher Brad Jennings.

For the second year in a row, Milton Hershey School students won first place in the Pennsylvania ProStart Culinary Invitational. The event, hosted by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, was held in State College on Feb. 24.

MHS students worked together to test their teamwork, workplace communication and culinary skills. They also had the opportunity to build industry connections for future endeavors. The group of students successfully created a three-course meal in under an hour using only two butane burners.

“The students practiced and worked incredibly hard in preparation and executed their food extremely well under the intense pressure of competition,” said MHS Culinary Arts Teacher Brad Jennings. “We are very proud of their composure and performance.”

The Culinary Arts/Restaurant Management Services career field is one of 11 areas offered in the MHS Career/Technical Education program. In the last four years, 100 percent of high school seniors graduated with at least one industry-recognized certification.

Each of the winning students received more than $13,000 toward a scholarship to be used with one of six culinary schools located throughout the country. The students will compete in the National ProStart Culinary Invitational in Dallas, Texas in April.

To learn more about how MHS enhances students’ education with career preparation, visit mhskids.org.

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