Elite 50

Congratulations to the
2018 Elite 50 winners!

The Elite 50 list is comprised of high schools and tech centers that excel in the areas of culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and/or hospitality management. Some are state and national competition winners from ProStart, SkillsUSA and Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). We also conducted research to establish schools with strong hospitality enrollment and influence in their community. Included are many schools we specifically paid visits to that we deemed to have strong hospitality studies programs.

Additional criteria for those selected for the Elite 50 included: an original recipe with photos or a restaurant management design; two essays from students on the topic, "Why I want to pursue a career in hospitality"; and video(s), brochure(s) and additional information about the school’s program. Further considerations were given to schools that operate a restaurant or offer catering service, etc. as part of culinary/hospitality training.


School Name City State
A.W. Beattie Career Center Allison Park PA
Albertville High School Albertville AL
Area 30 Career Center Greencastle IN
Bourbon County High School Paris KY
Boyd County High School Ashland KY
Branch Area Career Center Coldwater MI
Calhoun Area Career Center Battle Creek MI
Carver Career and Technical Education Center Charleston WV
Central Nine Career Center Greenwood IN
Clayton High School Clayton MO
Clearwater High School Piedmont MO
Dekalb County High School Smithville TN
Eastland Career Center Groveport OH
Euclid High School Euclid OH
Garden City High School Garden City KS
Genesee Career Institute Flint MI
Gibson Tech Center Reeds Spring MO
Greene County Career and Technology Center Xenia OH
Heartland Career Center Wabash IN
Herndon Career Center Raytown MO
Knox County Career Center Mount Vernon OH
Kokomo Area Career Center Kokomo IN
Lancaster High School Lancaster OH
Lenape Technical School Ford City PA
LISD Tech Center Adrian MI
Mahoning County Career and Technical Center Canfield OH
Marshall County High School Benton KY
Massanutten Technical Center Harrisonburg VA
McCracken County High School Paducah KY
Medina County Career Center Medina OH
Nevada Regional Technical Center Nevada MO
Oakland Schools ISD - Southeast Campus Royal Oak MI
Penta Career Center Perrysburg OH
Plymouth High School Plymouth WI
Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Canton MI
Polaris Career Center Middleburg Heights OH
R.G. Drage Career Technical Center Massillon OH
Roy High School Roy UT
Saginaw Career Complex Saginaw MI
Sandia High School Albuquerque NM
Sentinel Career and Technology Center Tiffin OH
Sevier County Vocational Center Sevierville TN
Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center Evansville IN
Southwestern Randolph High School Asheboro NC
Vanguard Tech Center Fremont OH
West Carroll High School Atwood TN
Whiteside Area Career Center Sterling IL
Whitley County High School Williamsburg KY
Wilson Talent Center Mason MI
YouthEntity Carbondale CO

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