The 2016 Louisiana ProStart Student Invitational held March 9-10 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center featured 21 high school ProStart teams competing in the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation Culinary Competition. Students were judged not only on the taste and presentation of their dishes but also on knife, poultry fabrication, communication and time management skills while teams cooked a three-course gourmet meal on two burners in one hour, a news release said.

Overall culinary competition winners were Hammond High Magnet School, first place, and West Feliciana High School, second place. The West Feliciana team included instructor Amy Dreher and students Jordan Bringedahl, Kevonte Davis, Ben Souther, Jackson Stewart and Jonathan Tate.

The 15 teams participating in the Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Management Competition demonstrated their knowledge of the restaurant and food service industry by developing a restaurant concept, menu, design, budget and marketing strategies, which they presented to a panel of judges.

The overall winners of that competition were Lakeshore High School in Mandeville, followed by Hammond High Magnet in second place and West Feliciana High in third. The team included Dreher and students Lauren Broussard, Jalen Cavalier, Mike Cooper and De’Asia Smith.

Schools also were recognized for their individual achievements in various categories within the two competitions and awarded on knife skills, safety and sanitation, and teamwork as well as best appetizer, entrée and dessert, the release said.

West Feliciana High received the Judges’ Pick award for best entrée for its pan-seared duck breast, parsnip and Yukon Gold potato purée, honey and thyme glazed carrots, cherry gastrique and Rambo radish sprouts.

ProStart is a nationwide career and technical education program where high school students learn from an industry-derived, competency-based curriculum that teaches culinary techniques and restaurant management skills coupled with real-life restaurant sector experiences.