Specializing in custom uniforms, Shaper Uniforms is a leader in premium decoration services and uniforms. With high-quality embroidery, screen printing and heat seal services, their uniforms can be customized with any details. Offering a wide variety of styles and sizes, Sharper Uniforms provides moisture wicking, wrinkle-resistant, UV-protected uniform options. They used their custom expertise in order to provide embroidered chef coats for one of America’s largest high school culinary competitions, Pro-Start. This competition focuses on restaurant management and culinary arts.
The Pro-Start competition, along with Massachusetts Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (MRAEF), helps students receive leadership and scholarship opportunities. Each year, MRAEF sponsors this management and culinary competition for schools to compete. Judges who are industry professionals volunteer to make the competition more educational and meaningful for the participants.
During this competition, participants are given a fake location, which the competition will be based on. Their teams must develop a proposal to launch a new restaurant concept. They must define this concept, create a menu that fits it and develop a marketing plan to support its launch. They must prepare a written proposal, presentation and visual display for their launch. For the culinary competition, students must show their knife skills and poultry fabrication. They have 60 minutes to create an appetizer, entrée and dessert, and provide recipes, recipe cost and menu pricing.
A variety of college and universities nationwide are on-hand to offer scholarships to the top teams from this competition. The winning teams are given the opportunity to compete nationally at the National ProStart Student Invitational to win even more scholarship money. With the help of sponsors such as Sharper Uniforms, participants can participate in a real-life culinary experience.