Maryland ProStart Student Invitational

Maryland ProStart Student Invitational

The Maryland ProStart Student Invitational (MPSI)
showcases talented high school students competing in culinary and management competitions. This event will take place Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor. Winning teams will advance to the 16th Annual National ProStart Invitational in Charleston, South Carolina from April 28-30, 2017.

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How The Competitions Work

Students participating in the culinary and management competitions are judged by professionals from leading industry corporations, colleges, and universities on the skills they've learned in ProStart®. The top three winnings teams in each category are awarded generous educational scholarships to help further their careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

students creating a restaurant business plan for MPSI


Management teams develop a proposal for the next promising restaurant concept and present it to a panel of industry judges. Next, their problem solving skills are tested as they are challenged to solve common management problems.

students competing in the culinary arts for MPSI


The culinary competition highlights each team’s creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners, and without access to running water or electricity. There is no room for error as they are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation.

What is MPSI?

The Maryland ProStart Student Invitational (MPSI) will take place on March 16, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor. MPSI is a state-wide team culinary and hospitality management competition where students compete for scholarships and the right to represent the state of Maryland at the National ProStart Invitational. MPSI demonstrates the skills students learned from the ProStart® program  — a nationwide, two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow's restaurant and foodservice leaders.

Sponsor MPSI

Looking for a sponsorship opportunity this year?  Contact Jessica Waller, RAMEF Executive Director, at (410) 290-6800 or 

Thank you to our 2017 Maryland ProStart Student Invitational sponsors:

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MPSI 2017 Platinum Sponsor - Anne Arundel Community College - Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute
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MPSI 2017 Management Competition Sponsor - PopeyesMPSI 2017 Bronze Sponsor - Stratford UniversityMPSI 2017 Bronze Sponsor - The Art Institute of Washington
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MPSI 2017 Event Sponsor - Glory Days GrillMPSI 2017 Event Sponsor - Keany ProduceMPSI 2017 Event Sponsor - Maryland Restaurant & Hospitality Self Insurance FundMPSI 2017 Event Sponsor - Seasons PizzaMPSI 2017 Event Sponsor - US Foods

College & Career Fair

Thank you to the following schools and businesses who were able to attend the Maryland ProStart Student Invitational to talk to the competitors about the industry and prospects for the future.

    Participating Schools:
    Participating Businesses:
    Anne Arundel Community College - HCAT
    CAVA Grill
    The Art Institute of Washington       Glory Days Grill
    Culinary Institute of America       Ledo Pizza
    Culinary Institute of Virginia       Maryland Live!
    Frederick Community College - HCTI       McDonald’s
    Howard Community College       Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
      SAGE Dining Services
    Johnson & Wales University     Seasons Pizza
    Stratford University