Two schools take lst place in MRAEF ProStart

BOSTON –  Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Roxbury, MA and Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, Haverhill, MA took first place winners at the annual The Massachusetts Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s(MRAEF) Massachusetts ProStart Student Invitational (PSI).

The high school culinary and management competition showcases the talent of the area’s future chefs and restaurateurs. Madison Park won the culinary portion, while Whittier won the management portion. The winning teams will now represent the state of Massachusetts at the National ProStart Invitational, held in Dallas, TX from April 29 – May 1. In addition to the National Competition, the first, second and third place finishers were awarded more than $90,000 in scholarship funds.

“This was an exciting competition from the outset. All of the teams were very competitive and their hard work was evident. Madison Park and Whittier will be great representatives of Massachusetts and the MRA at the National Competition,” say Bob Luz, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association.

The win was particularly special for Madison Park, as this was the school’s first year in the ProStart program. “It is very rare for schools in their first year to even compete, never mind take home the gold. The entire City of Boston should be proud to honor Madison Park, the first Boston school to join and compete in ProStart,” Luz adds.
Culinary students were asked to exhibit knife and chicken fabrication skills before preparing a three course meal in an hour, complete with recipes, recipe cost and menu pricing. Management teams were asked to develop a proposal for a new restaurant concept including: defining the concept and developing a menu and marketing plan supported by a written proposal, verbal presentation and visual display.

The panel of expert judges who volunteered their time and expertise included Andy Husbands of Tremont 647, Nick Calias of the Colonnade Hotel, Jose Duarte of Taranta Restaurant, Remon Karian of Fiorella’s and Pat Bando of Boston College Dining. For more information on the MRA and the MRAEF, visit

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