SHOWING OFF THEIR SKILLS TODAY IN A PRESTIGIOUS CULINARY COMPETITION. THE PRO-START INVITATIONAL PITS 12 HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS AGAINST EACH OTHER IN A RACE OF CREATIVITY, EFFICIENCY, AND SKILL. EACH TEAM HAS ONE HOUR TO CREATE AN APPETIZER, AN ENTREE, AND DESSERT. CHEFS FROM LOCAL RESTAURANTS SCORE THEIR WORK. THE PROGRAM, FOUNDED BY THE NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION, AIMS TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE WORLD OF CULINARY ARTS AFTER GRADUATION. The kids love it it keeps them in school it keeps them interested its a rigorous curriculum its not easy its not baking cookies. THESE KIDS AREN )T MESSING AROUND, ONE TEAM )s MENU INCLUDES A SCALLOP AND CHIVE MOUSSE DUMPLING IN A SAFFRON SHRIMP BROTH, A STUFFED RABBIT LOIN AND A LEMON PIñON TART. THE WINNING TEAM IS ELIGIBLE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS TO CULINARY SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.