Congratulations to the winners from the 19th Annual New Mexico ProStart Invitational.

Carlsbad High School Culinary Team and Chaparral High School Management Team will be on their way to Nationals, May 6-8 in Washington, D.C.. The teams will compete against other qualifying teams from across the country for their chance to win the national title!

Carlsbad High School – 1st Place Culinary        Chapparal High School – 1st Place Management

The two teams competed for their titles this past week at the New Mexico ProStart Invitation held on April 4, 2022 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown. It was an action-packed day!

Taos High School and Atrisco Heritage Academy took second and third in the culinary competition.

Taos High School – 2nd Culinary                         Atrisco Heritage Academy – 3rd Culinary


Cloudcroft High School and Taos High School took second and third in the management competition, respectively.

Cloudcroft High School – 2nd Management     Taos High School  – 3rd Management


Taos High School won this year’s Hospitality Cup for the best combined Culinary and Management team score.

Taos High School – Hospitality Cup

Adam Medina, teacher at Taos High School, was named New Mexico’s ProStart Educator of the Year for 2022.

Adam Medina – Taos High School – 2022 Educator of the Year

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. has provided scholarships to the first, second, and third place winning teams from both the culinary and management categories.

The teams that placed first at the state competition advance to the National ProStart Invitational in two categories – Culinary and Management.  The culinary competition highlights the creative abilities of each team through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes using only two butane burners.  Management teams develop a proposal for an original restaurant concept and apply critical thinking skills to challenges restaurant managers face in day-to-day operations.  The performance of teams in both the culinary and management events is observed and rated by expert judges from industry and academia.

“ProStart is developing the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s industry leaders.  These students have proven their mettle in the New Mexico ProStart Invitational and have the full support of the New Mexico restaurant industry as they move forward,” said Tom Schuch, Education Director, Hospitality Industry Education Foundation.  “ProStart gives students a sense of purpose and helps them feel passionate about their own future – which will be on full display when the students represent New Mexico in the National ProStart Invitational.”

The culinary and management teams will be accompanied by their educators, Kevin Zink (Carlsbad) and Veronica Garcia (Chaparral). Culinary team members include Miriam Bowen, Anthony Chiri, and Mariah Echavarria. Carsbad’s Culinary Team Manager was Max Vasquez. Chaparral’s Management team members include Ana Reza, Natalie Rodriguez-Lira, and Miguel Ruan.