COSTA MESA — Newport Harbor High School's culinary arts students will represent California at the nationals later this month after winning a state competition.
On April 7, Newport Harbor's culinary and management teams each took first-place finishes at the California ProStart Competition at Cal Poly Pomona's Collins College of Hospitality Management.
"When they announced that our culinary team had won state, we were just ridiculously excited," said senior Luke Fischer, 18. "It was unbelievable how happy we were."
The culinary team — which includes Fischer, Jazmin Eck, Kelly Hackett, Jessenia Hernandez and Marcus McGee, and the management team of Kellyn Perham, Kimberly Tessers and Eliza Stubbings — are part of the Coastline Regional Occupational Program's culinary arts program.
The management team created a restaurant concept covering everything from marketing and the menu to staff and the floor plan. They had 10 minutes to sell the idea to a group judges as if they were investors, said instructor Janet Dukes.