Texas Culinary - Ben Barber

Nearly 400 high school students from across the country will converge on the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., on May 6-8 for the 2022 National ProStart Invitational (NPSI), where they will vie for top culinary and restaurant management honors, as well as almost $200,000 in scholarships to support their future aspirations in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

Two of those teams competing are from the Ben Barber Innovation Academy in Mansfield, Texas.


Educator: David Roberson


  • Garrett Carter
  • Giovanni Vance
  • Jalessa Gillett
  • Travis Holley
  • Travis Hill


Educator: Jocqui Baker-Roberson


  • Griffin Biddle
  • Alexa Davis
  • Logan Ceraul
  • Bella Penns

The three-day event will be held in-person for the first time since 2019. It will feature an opening ceremony, two days of powerful culinary and restaurant management competition and an awards dinner.

In addition to a weekend of intense contests among the nation’s top culinary students, NPSI will also announce the 2022 recipients of the ProStart Educator of Excellence Awards (EEA), which recognize exceptional ProStart educators in their classrooms.

Good luck to all the students!



A program of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF)ProStart® is a two-year technical education program found at more than 1,750 high schools and career and technical educational centers nationwide, teaching culinary techniques and restaurant management skills that build a lifetime foundation and support future careers in the restaurant industry. With 145,000 students enrolled across all states, the District of Columbia and Guam, the program teaches students through a combination of classroom and industry instruction.