Top restaurants to compete to help students kick-start culinary careers

Sacramento, CA – Some of the biggest names in the restaurant industry will battle each other on Sunday August 28 in the Culinary Clash, the ultimate show of cooking skills, to raise money for high school culinary arts programs. 

The fifth annual Culinary Clash will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center as part of the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo. This fun and interactive cooking competition benefits the California Restaurant Association Foundation (CRAF.) ProStart, a high-school based culinary arts program made possible by CRAF, helps students jumpstart exciting, fast-paced careers in the restaurant industry.   

Sponsored by Coca Cola, the Culinary Clash will take place on The Main Stage at the Convention Center and will feature industry heavyweights competing for the ultimate prize, The Purse. ProStart students will work as sous chefs with the competing teams. 

Competing Teams Represent:

•    BJ’s Restaurants    
•    Chart House     
•    Hard Rock Café    
•    Black Bear Diner    
•    Yard House
•    Urban Plates
•    Broderick
•    Dos Coyotes
•    Real Mex
•    Specialty Restaurants Corporation
Join 500 attendees, restaurant chefs, and aspiring culinary professionals in an event that captures the minute-by-minute magic of preparing a meal on two butane burners in 45 minutes, from beginning to end!

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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 the California Restaurant Association: The California Restaurant Association provides ultimate access to the resources and support restaurant professionals need to lead thriving businesses, while serving as conscientious, contributing members of an unparalleled industry. California is home to more than 90,000 eating and drinking places that ring up more than $72 billion in sales and employ more than 1.6 million workers, making restaurants an indisputable driving force in the state’s economy.

About the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo: This event gathers thousands of restaurant and foodservice professionals to gain experience and knowledge on how to become more informed, more educated, more competitive, and more profitable in the industry. The tradeshow and conference, started in 1936 is produced by Urban Expositions ( and sponsored by the California Restaurant Association ( The 2016 event will take place August 28-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. For more information, visit

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