CALUMET CITY | Culinary arts students from the Thornton Fractional Center for Academics & Technology excelled in the 13th annual Illinois ProStart Student Invitational Showcase at Kendall College on Feb. 8.
District 215 students participating in the management segment of the competition earned second place and those who participated in the culinary section earned sixth place in the statewide competition.
The ProStart Invitational, administered by the Illinois Restaurant Educational Foundation, includes a series of culinary and management contests. Thousands of students from the Chicago area and across the state participate in this event, which is judged by more than 250 culinary professionals and restaurant executives, to showcase their culinary and management talents.
Led by teacher Chef Robert Brent, the TF Center students were excited to be recognized for their talents.
“It felt good to have all of our hard work pay off,” said senior Sagirah Florence. Students who participated in the management portion of the competition include Florence, Kira Del Sol, Briana Trice and Erica Jarrett. The culinary contest participants included Antonio Baker, Kyle Penro and Jailynn Gill.
Superintendent Creg E. Williams said he was “very pleased” with the students’ performance in the competition.
“Our district has an outstanding culinary arts program and our staff work hard to ensure that our students are prepared to excel in the restaurant industry upon graduation,” he said.