MTC culinary students pictured Top Row L to R, Antonio Camoglino (Pt. Jefferson SD), John Denig (Middle Country SD), Sean Kobarg (Three Village SD), Bottom Row L to R Shannon Bourgeois (Sayville SD), and Ashley Berkowitz (Middle Country SD) competed on February 26th and 27th in the 2016 New York State ProStart Invitational at the Schenectady County Community College. The students were required to create a professional business proposal for a restaurant they themselves would be interested in opening. Together this team of 5 created a restaurant called "Melted" which centered around a fondue dining experience. The students were required to present this proposal to 12 judges and respond to questions afterward. In addition, the competition included a critical thinking component in which 7 judges asked a series of questions based on scenarios that business owners are likely to encounter. The students were required to work together to answer with solutions and prevention plans. Finally, the students were pressed to defend costing and food portion questions presented by an additional 2 judges. These competitors worked extremely hard on their business plan and the pay off was well worth it. The team received scholarship money to varied colleges and universities. In the end, their efforts brought home a 5th place finish!
The students took advantage of this opportunity and were able to tour the campus of nearby SUNY Cobleskill and visited an actual fondue restaurant to gain the full dining experience of their work.