Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury and Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High Schoolin Haverhill were crowned first place winners at the annual The Massachusetts Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (MRAEF) Massachusetts ProStart Student Invitational (PSI)this past week. 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, Texas from April 29 to May 1, 2016. In addition to the National Competition, the first, second and third place finishers were awarded more than $90,000 in scholarship funds in support of their aspirations in the food and beverage industry. Held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, the day-long competitions ran simultaneously as a live audience and representatives from colleges and universities from across the country looked on.
In the culinary competition, Whittier also finished second with Tri-County Regional (Franklin) finishing third, while on the management side Greater Lowell Vocational School finished second and Tri-County Regional came in third