Maryland ProStart Student Invitational

What is MPSI?

​The Maryland ProStart Student Invitational (MPSI) is a statewide 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 (NPSI). The competition displays 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.

Maryland's culinary team at NPSI

Maryland's management team at NPSI


How the Competitions Work

An instructor reading to students

Management Competition

Management teams develop a proposal for the next promising restaurant concept and present it to a panel of industry judges. They are evaluated on their concept, layout and staffing plans, marketing tactics, menu, and their problem solving skills are tested as they are challenged to solve common management problems.


A high school chef prepares a dish at the MPSI competition

Culinary Competition

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.


Previous MPSI Competitions

MPSI 2024 info


The 2024 Maryland ProStart Student Invitational will be held on February 21, 2024, at Hilton - Baltimore BWI at 8:00 am. 

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Thanks to Our MPSI 2024 Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors


BIC Educational Foundation logo

Salerno's logo


Culinary Competition Sponsors

Bright View Senior Living logo 


Event Sponsors

The Restaurant Store logo

Ecolab logo

Jasper's logo 

Madrones logo 

Kupcakes & Co. logo

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