The Jackson Hole High School Restaurant Management Team represented the Cowboy State well at the National ProStart Invitational, coming in 12th in the country.
The team includes seniors Sarah Sampson, Sophie Robinson, Ashley Brimeyer and Katie Lewis. To compete at the national level, the team first won the Wyoming ProStart competition — earning a combined $20,000 in scholarships from post-secondary culinary schools.
The team was up against 400 students from across the country at the culinary and restaurant management competition. The students pitched a business plan for a vegan-organic-hydroponic greenhouse cafe titled Cafe Pinna. The plan included written rationale, a floor plan and kitchen design, interior design schematics, a complete menu with recipes and associated costs, two marketing strategies, a cost and return-on-investment analysis, and more.
Advisor Molly Matthaei joked to the school board in April that the students did a good job of presenting their idea in the heart of beef country.
“If they can pull that off in Casper, Wyoming, then we’ve got a pretty good shot,” she said.
ProStart is a two-year educational program supported by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in partnership with the Wyoming Restaurant and Lodging Association. The career-building program blends classroom learning with hands-on training to teach high school students the management and culinary skills needed for a career in the restaurant and food-service industry.
This version of the article has been edited to reflect the correct number of students in the competition. — Ed.