Student chefs raise money for national competition

Bonney Lake High School’s Culinary Arts students will attend the 13th annual National ProStart Culinary Invitational in Minneapolis. The trip must be funded beforehand. A fundraising dinner will be held at the Bonney Lake High School Commons 6 p.m., April 4.

A three-course meal will be prepared and served by the students. All proceeds will benefit their trip to the national invitational. Last month, the group won first place at Prostart’s state invitational and earned $25 thousand in scholarships. The opportunity to compete with other students from 43 states and territories could potentially result in full-ride scholarships to prestigious culinary schools.

Kahale Ahina, culinary instructor, has prepared the students to perform in both management and culinary aspects of the competition.

“These students are a special group of kids that bring unbridled culinary passion to the class,” Ahina said. “Their eagerness to learn and succeed has made a difference and I’m honored to be part of that.”

Each team will be expected to present a complex business plan, including menu and decor, to a panel of judges. One hour will be given for the students to prepare a three-course meal. Teams will be judged on their ability to work together, skill level, safety and more.

The fundraiser will feature food prepared exclusively by the award-winning students. Cost is $45 per person. To purchase tickets, please call the Bonney Lake High School office at 253-891-5700.