BJ’s also will award $12,000 in cash prizes to outstanding students, teachers and ProStart programs across California.
“BJ’s Restaurants and its Foundation make this event possible,” CRAF Executive Director Alycia Harshfield said. “Their generous gifts create life-changing opportunities for our students. The training, traveling, networking and learning our students do for this competition defines their high school experience and lays the foundation for future success.”
The BJ’s Restaurant Management Cup involves student teams from around the state developing and presenting a business proposal for a new restaurant concept, including a supporting menu, a marketing plan and a detailed design. A panel of foodservice leaders serve as judges.
“The level of talent these students have is being nurtured in ProStart classrooms across California,” commented Rob DeLiema, President of BJ’s Restaurants Foundation. “They are the future leaders of our industry, and we’re proud to play a role in their development.”
The winning team will also be sponsored by BJ’s to compete in the 2017 National ProStart Invitational April 28-30, North Charleston, South Carolina. First-, second- and third-place teams also will qualify for scholarships to various culinary and hospitality post-secondary programs.
About the California Restaurant Association Foundation: CRAF has awarded more than $1.75 million in scholarships and grants since its inception in 1981. CRAF works to enhance education and training programs within the hospitality industry. ProStart is a two-year program designed to prepare high school juniors and seniors for exciting careers in foodservice.
About BJ’s Restaurants Inc.: BJ’s Restaurants Inc. owns and operates 189 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse or BJ’s Pizza & Grill brand names. BJ’s restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ's experience. For more information, go online at bjsrestaurants.com.
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