2023 ProStart Competition

22nd Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competition

Saturday March 4–Sunday, March 5, 2023, Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando

ProStart Culinary Team Competitions

The 21st Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competitions will take place Saturday, March 4–Sunday, March 5, 2023 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.

On Saturday, March 4, half of the Culinary Teams and Management Teams will compete along with all Edible Centerpiece teams. On Sunday, March 5, the remaining Culinary and Management teams will compete along with all of the Waiter’s Relay Teams. The competition will be followed by an awards dinner at the Rosen Plaza Hotel.

STIPEND FOR COMPETING SCHOOLS   The FRLAEF will provide stipends to offset the cost of participating in the event. Participating schools will receive $250 per event in which they compete.

RULES All Competition Rules are available below.

HOTEL  The Rosen Plaza Hotel will be the host site for the 2023 ProStart Culinary Team Competitions.  The room rate at the Rosen Plaza is $132 per night. To reserve hotel rooms contact the Rosen Plaza at 800-627-8258 and reference the FRLAEF ProStart Competition 2023 or by using the customized link below.  The deadline to make hotel reservations is February 16, 2022. Do not wait to book your rooms!  Please book your room now. You may always adjust your reservation as the deadline gets nearer.







PARTICIPANT WAIVER — required for each competing student, including team managers


LOCATION—the entire competition will take place at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. Self parking is complimentary. If you are not staying on site—just mention the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association to the parking attendant and they will waive the parking fee. Valet parking is $20 per vehicle.

MEALS—All meals are on your own (except the Salute Awards dinner, which is complimentary for competing team members and ProStart instructors). The Rosen Plaza has on-site dining and there are other restaurant options nearby. Pointe Orlando is located across the street from the hotel and offers multiple restaurant choices.

REFRIGERATION – Refrigeration will be provided onsite to store items while not competing. You may place your items in the walk-in when you arrive. Items may be stored there until you compete. Even if you arrive on Saturday and do not compete in Culinary until Sunday you can store items in the refrigerator until your competition time on Sunday.

HATS + APRONS – We will provide hats and aprons for all competing students. The Culinary and Edible Centerpiece students must wear the provided hats and aprons while competing. The Management and Waiter Relay students are not required to wear the hats or aprons while competing. These will be mailed to you before the competition.

TEMPLATES for Culinary & Management – The Recipe & Costing Templates can be found at the link above under Competition Rules.

AWARDS DINNER – The Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner will take place on Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 6:30 pm at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. All ProStart competition awards will be presented along with Hospitality Excellence Awards, Pineapple Awards and FRLAEF Scholarships. All ProStart teachers, all competing team members, Hospitality Excellence Award recipients, Pineapple Award recipients and Scholarship recipients may attend the dinner free of charge.

SCORE SHEETS – To be successful, your students must know their score sheet.  Teams do not want to “give” points away by not having a uniformed appearance, having visible piercing, incorrect math on costing template, etc. All score sheets are included with the rules of each competition and can be found at the link above.

STIPENDS – There are fewer teams competing this year but the stipend budget remains the same. Therefore, each team will receive a $400 stipend per competition. A team competing in one competition will receive $400 while a team competing in all four competitions will receive $1,600. If a team backs out of a competition after receiving their stipend, they must reimburse the FRLAEF for the stipend.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Laura can be reached at laura@FRLA.org or 321-689-7192. Amy can be reached at aparker@FRLA.org or 866-288-8820 x.250.

2022 ProStart Culinary Team Competitions Pictures and Video

Salute Photobooth #1 Pictures–Open Air Booth

Salute Photobooth #2 Pictures–Closed Booth