Arkansas ProStart: Culinary & Management Showdown

The highly anticipated Arkansas ProStart competition, scheduled for March 6, 2024, at UA-Pulaski Tech Culinary Arts Institute, will bring together culinary talents from across the state.

  • Four schools will compete in the Culinary competition, showcasing their skills in menu creation and taste.
  • Two schools will compete in the Management competition, demonstrating their knowledge of the restaurant industry.
  • Judges include renowned chefs such as Cynthia East and industry professionals like Scott Sudduth.

Following the competition, an awards dinner will be hosted at UAPTC, featuring a meal prepared by Chef Jamie McAfee and his culinary students. Winners will advance to the National Invitational ProStart competition in Baltimore. Sponsorships from industry partners like the American Culinary Federation and UAPTC help support the event, covering costs for travel, accommodations, and awards

If you are interested in sponsoring a portion of this event, please reach out to the Arkansas Hospitality Association at 501-376-2323 or email