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Students win over $1 million at Texas Prostart Invitational culinary competitions

Over 400 students gathered in Waco to compete at the Texas Prostart Invitational. The culinary competitions led students to winning over $1 million in scholarships.
Posted at 7:38 AM, Mar 11, 2024

WACO, Texas — It's a dream come true for students all across the state.

The 2024 Texas Prostart Invitational is a chance where schools from all over the state get the opportunity to compete in culinary competitions.

Saturday, our Heather Healy walked us through the heat of some of those competitions.

And Sunday the winners were announced.

The top teams and individual winners of this year’s competition collectively won over $2 million in scholarships.

“No, I didn't think I was going to win. I was like, no I'm not going to win and so I'm like oh my God,” Aayden Washington, a student from John Horn High School, said.

“This is all of our last year in high school and our last chance to do this, so this is the coolest thing we ever could have asked for, just winning this on our last chance,” students from Waller High School said.

CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association, Emily Knight, spent all weekend cheering on students as they competed for a chance at the big prize.

“So I chose this in the 3rd grade as the kind of career I was going to have, and so for me when I see these young people, the greatest gift they get is that they leave here believing in themselves,” Knight said.

There were more than 40 teams and 400 students competing at this year's competition.