The Jackson Hole High School Restaurant Management Team returned with a 12th place finish from the National ProStart Invitational; a premier culinary and restaurant management competition in the nation.
The team competed against 150,000 students from across the country, in a competition sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation.
The Jackson team is comprised of seniors Sarah Sampson, Sophie Robinson, Ashley Brimeyer, and Katie Lewis. In the competition, the team pitched a business plan for “Cafe Pinna”, a vegan-organic-hydroponic greenhouse” cafe. It was a huge project that included an extensive written rationale, a floor plan design and a kitchen appropriate to their restaurant concept, interior design schematics, a complete menu with recipes and costing data, a “strength, weakness, opportunity and threat” analysis, and creating two marketing strategies that included cost and return on investment analysis.
The team was poised and articulate throughout the competition, and able to respond well to the judges. To compete at the national level, the team first won the Wyoming ProStart competition where team members collectively received a combined $20,000 in scholarships from post-secondary culinary schools.