Students from 13 Hillsborough County high schools are set to compete in the 14th Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competitions. The competitions take place Wednesday, March 5, and Thursday, March 6, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
Students will compete from the following high schools:
Armwood, Bowers Whitley Career Center, Chamberlain, D.W. Waters Career Center, East Bay, Freedom, Jefferson, Leto, Robinson, Sickles, South County Career Center, Steinbrenner and Strawberry Crest.
Students compete in areas such as Culinary, Management, Edible Centerpieces, and a Waiters Relay.
Last year, the Culinary Competition team from Leto High School took top honors at the state competition.
The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Educational Foundation hosts the event, showcasing the best high school students in the state. Many of these students continue their education beyond high school, at prestigious culinary arts schools across the country.
Rick Ceglio, Culinary Arts Instructor at Sickles High School has been selected as the ProStart Teacher of the Year. Chef Ceglio will receive the prestigious Pineapple Award, for outstanding service to the ProStart School to Career program, at the awards dinner on Thursday, March 6, in Orlando. This is the 3rd year in a row, a teacher from Hillsborough County has received the award.