Mountain Club on Loon Hosts NAR ProStart® Student Competition
CULINARY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT COMPETITION – Culinary students from several New Hampshire Career & Tech Centers participated in a day-long competition at the Mountain Club on Loon, sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s ProStart® Program. On-hand for the event were (L-R): Jeffrey O. McIver, CHE, President and General Manager of the Mountain Club; Matt Holland, CEC, CEPC, Mountain Club Director of Food and Beverage; Mike Somers, President and CEO, New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association (NHLRA); and Megan Robinson, of FEEDNH.org, representing The Great NH Restaurants’ Charitable Trust.
Culinary students from Pinkerton Academy in Derry; Mt. Washington Valley Career & Tech Center in Conway; Portsmouth High School Career Technical Center; and Somersworth Career and Tech Center competed at the Mountain Club on Loon on Saturday, March 7 in a day-long event sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The ProStart® program is a two-year high school curriculum that combines classroom study and real-life experience. It aims to develop the best and brightest talent into restaurant and foodservice industry leaders. More than 90,000 students from 1,700 high schools participate. Judges from the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF-NH) oversaw the competition, with the Mountain Club’s Director of Food and Beverage, Matt Holland, CEC, CEPC, serving as host.