The Herndon Career Center Culinary Arts Team placed first at the Missouri ProStart High School Culinary Arts Contest and is now preparing for the national competition.

The Herndon Career Center Culinary Arts Team placed first at the Missouri ProStart High School Culinary Arts Contest and is now preparing for the national competition.


The annual competition, which is sponsored by the Missouri Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and the Office of College and Career Readiness, Family Consumer Sciences and Human Services and DESE, provides students the opportunity to showcase their love for food and cooking and to develop restaurant management skills.


Of the 32 participating teams, 31 competed in the culinary contest where they were responsible for preparing original recipes and creating attractive plated presentations. Eleven teams competed in the management contest, which focuses on creating restaurant plans, from the concept, menu items and pricing all the way to restaurant layout and other key logistical strategies for new restaurants.


Schools are allowed to enter both the culinary and management divisions. The Herndon team includes students from the Lee’s Summit and Raytown school districts. The menu at the state competition consisted of – Hamachi Crudo, Wagyu Rib Eye Cap and a Chocolate Bombe. The national competition is April 27-29 in Baltimore, Md.