Great NH Restaurants chef judges ProStart Competition
BEDFORD, NH – Chef Nicole Barreira of Great NH Restaurants served as a judge for the Rhode Island ProStart® Competition, a nationwide, two-year program for high school students that develops top talent into tomorrow’s restaurant industry leaders.
ProStart offers curriculum for culinary and management skills. Each state restaurant association partners with participating ProStart schools to compete to then advance to the National Restaurant Association ProStart Invitational where they represent their school and their state. The culinary competition highlights the creative abilities of each team through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners with no access to running water or electricity. There’s no room for error as they’re evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation. Scholarships are awarded at both the state and national competitions.
“Being a part of this powerful program for our young people is so inspiring,”Barreira declares. “The hospitality industry is a creative and energetic field and I encourage any young person to find out how rewarding a restaurant career can be.” In New Hampshire, Chef Nicole spearheaded her “Great NH Kids Can Cook” initiative, which teaches youngsters how to choose and then cook healthy foods at home, as part of Great NH Restaurants Charitable Trust, FEEDNH.org.
Chefs, operators and line cooks at independent family dining/neighborhood establishments are eligible to win $40,000 in cash plus a $10,000 charitable donation in a new contents from August 1 to September 30.
Enter an original breakfast, entrée or dessert recipe or create a new special using at least one item from a list of eligible General Mills products. Three category winners will be selected from which, two will each be awarded a $10,000 first prize, and one will earn the Grand Prize: $40,000 cash and a $10,000 donation to a local charity.
The “Neighborhood to Nation” contest celebrates one of a kind dishes that reflect their local flavor.
“We are inspired by the local flavor our customers cook up every day in neighborhoods across the country and look forward to celebrating these one-of-a-kind dishes with the ‘Neighborhood to Nation’ Recipe Contest,” said Grace Gilbertson, senior marketing manager for General Mills Foodservice. “Recognizing the strong connection these neighborhood establishments have in their communities, we are particularly thrilled to award our Grand Prize winner an additional $10,000 to share with a local charity.”
Recipe submissions must include at least one ingredient from one of General Mills Foodservice’s participating brands: Pillsbury (biscuits), Gold Medal (baking mixes) and Yoplait (yogurt). Entrants can receive one $20 rebate for each recipe submission, up to a maximum of one rebate per participating brand during the entry period. The recipe contest ends Sept. 30, 2014. Official rules are available online at http://www.NeighborhoodtoNation.com.
Entries will be judged based on taste, appearance, creativity, and foodservice viability. The top 15 finalists and recipes will be announced in February. Three Recipe Category Winners will travel to General Mills’ headquarters in March for a day of celebration and culinary inspiration as well as the announcement of the official Grand Prize winner.
For more information on eligibility, complete contest details and official contest rules, independent family restaurants should contact their General Mills Foodservice sales representative, call 1.800.215.6120 or visit www.NeighborhoodtoNation.com.