Davies students to represent R.I. at national restaurant competition in Texas

Davies students to represent R.I. at national restaurant competition in Texas

Students from William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School won the culinary arts and food service management portions of the 5th annual Rhode Island ProStart Competition. The students will now represent the state at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s ProStart Invitational competition in Dallas, from April 29 to May 1. From left are Dale Venturini of the R.I. Hospitality Association, Lorena Rodriguez, Casey Torres, Zurisadai Avila-Sosa, Carmen Fernandez, Avia Payne, Caroline Velasquez, Elise Calhoun, Gabriella Fegundes, Pastry Chef Instructor Amy Hitzemann, Chef Instructor Santos Nieves, Chef Instructor Peter Fangiullo and Joseph Vigliotti.

LINCOLN – Two teams from William M. Davies Junior Career & Technical High School won the culinary arts and food service management portions of the 5th annual Rhode Island ProStart Competition. These groups will now represent the state at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s ProStart Invitational competition in Dallas, Texas, from April 29 to May 1.

The Rhode Island Hospitality Education Foundation worked with ProStart and sponsor US Foods to host the competition, where more than 30 local professionals judged the teams, and six universities and colleges pledged more than $957,000 in scholarship funds as part of the competition awards.

Students from Davies competed in the culinary arts component of the competition, which included food safety and sanitation, knife skills, preparing a three-course meal using only two butane burners, teamwork, professionalism, appearance and plate presentation.

The teams also competed in the food service management round, where students presented both verbal and written presentations of restaurant concept, business plans, restaurant design, floor plans, marketing strategies and menu design.

“I am so proud of all the hardworking students who dedicated months of practice and preparation for this event,” said Dale J. Venturini, president and CEO of the RI Hospitality Association and the RIHEF. “It’s because of students like this that Rhode Island is nationally recognized for its outstanding culinary scene.”