Mac High cooks to compete Saturday
The team consists of Bailey Dreibelbis, Adam Israel, Alyssa Maurer, Alex Moye and Garrett Stolp, all advanced students in Mac High’s culinary arts pathway. It is being coached by Mac High instructor Carolyn Nyquist with the assistance of Kassi Irvin, chef at Tina’s in Dundee.
Ninety students from 18 high schools are slated to compete. Each team will have an hour to prepare a three-course, restaurant-quality meal demonstrating both teamwork and culinary skills.
The winning team will represent Oregon at the National ProStart Invitational in May. Top teams and individuals in a variety of categories, such as knife skills and presentation, will share $180,000 in scholarships and prizes.
Mac High’s culinary arts pathway is one of the most popular at the school. Students gain hands-on, real-world experience and skills as they prepare for further studies and careers in restaurant management, cooking, hospitality and related industries.
The local program is based on the ProStart curriculum, which is used in 37 Oregon high schools and more than 1,900 schools across the U.S. The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Education Foundation supports the culinary arts training and sponsors the annual ProStart competition.
Wendy Popkinof ORLAEF’s Education Foundation said ProStart prepares students for careers in one of the state’s leading fields. In 2012, she said, the restaurant, lodging and travel industry contributed $3.4 billion to Oregon’s gross domestic product and provided more than 91,000 jobs.