Nine schools competed in Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Education Foundation’s statewide competition showcasing the hospitality industry’s future chefs.

The challenge for the student chefs was to prepare a three-course gourmet meal with only two butane burners in under an hour.

Seaside, along with several other culinary teams, pulled this off well, with Willamette High School taking top honors in the culinary competition at the ORLAEF ProStart Invitational, sponsored by Sysco Portland.

The Seaside High School team teacher is Chelsea Archibald. Chef mentors at the competition included John Newman of Newmans 988 in Cannon Beach and Geoff Gunn of the Pacific Way Cafe in Gearhart. 

Students on the team are Gavin Meyer, Mason Shamion, Cyrus Knox, Luis Moreno and Shelby Rhodes.

For the management competition, South Salem High School took first, developing a concept for a new restaurant and presenting it to judges from the industry and post-secondary education.

Both first place teams will head to the 2019 National ProStart Invitational May 8-10, in Washington, D.C., on sponsorship from ORLAEF.

These Oregon champions also receive a share of over $547,500 in scholarships from local and national culinary schools to help further their careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry.


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