The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University, participated in the CA ProStart Cup competition in Pomona
This March, The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University, participated in the CA ProStart Cup competition in Pomona—a competitive and electrifying event in which students from 27 high schools across the state were put to the ultimate test in culinary and hospitality management.
For BJ's Restaurant Management Cup challenge, 16 teams of students interested in hospitality management were asked to develop and pitch a proposal for a new restaurant. Teams were required to create not only the restaurant concept, but also provide a sample menu and marketing plan.
Meanwhile in the Johnny Rockets Culinary Cup, 30 student culinary teams faced off head-to-head, each given one hour to prepare a three-course meal on just two butane burners. Participating teams were assessed based on cooking procedures, safety and sanitation, presentation, product taste, and teamwork.
Up for grabs at this event was more than $2.3 million in scholarships and the chance to represent California at the 2017 National ProStart Invitational in South Carolina.
Ai - Inland Empire Culinary Instructor Chef Lee Van On and Campus President Matthew Madrid judged the CA ProStart Cup competitions. In addition, The Art Institutes sponsored a Trends & Techniques expo, which included a live demo from our Director of Campus Relations, Desi Massei. Faculty and staff from the Art Institutes’ Hollywood and San Diego locations were also on hand for the Trends & Techniques Expo.
A College and Career Fair was also held for students attending the event, where representatives from Ai - Inland Empire as well as our Orange County location spoke to many students who competed during the weekend about the culinary industry and the programs and scholarship opportunities available at The Art Institutes system of schools.