Career Academy, Papillion La Vista South Advance to National ProStart Invitational

“Guac and Roll,” the team from Lincoln’s Career Academy, took top honors at the 2018 Nebraska ProStart Competition held March 2 at Omaha’s Metropolitan Community College.

ProStart is a program of the Hospitality Education Foundation, the educational arm of the Nebraska Restaurant Association ( The curriculum is designed to teach high school students the culinary and management skills that lead to careers as professionals in the hospitality and food service industry.

Accompanied by instructor Maybell Galusha, team members Francisco Chavira Gonzalez, Tessa Mariscal, Corbin Reinhardt, and Sagan Smith move on and will represent Nebraska at the National ProStart Student Invitational in Providence, Rhode Island April 27–30. Their winning menu included a starter of Mache Salad of Pickled Golden Beets and Red Turnip, with Diced Cucumber, Goat Cheese croquettes, and Honey-Dijon Vinaigrette. The entrée was Pan-Fried Veal Chops with Mushroom-Cider pan sauce, Parmesan-dusted Polenta Fries and Braised Vegetables. For dessert, the team created a White Chocolate Bavarian in a gold-dusted Dark Chocolate Pyramid with sweetened cream Quenelle, Fresh Berries and Mixed Berry Sauce.

Savana Moore and Jazmin Koebel of Papillion La Vista South High School will represent Nebraska in the Management competition. Accompanied by Ms. Louise Dornbusch, educator and Chef Casey Craven, team mentor, the duo will have the opportunity to present their restaurant concept, marketing plan and design of “MoodFood” to a panel of National judges.