The 23rd Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competitions will take place Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, 2024 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.
On Friday, March 1 half of the Culinary Teams and Management Teams will compete along with all Edible Centerpiece teams. On Saturday, March 2, 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 2024 ProStart Culinary Team Competitions. The room rate at the Rosen Plaza is $149 per night. To reserve hotel rooms contact the Rosen Plaza at 800-627-8258 and reference the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation or USE THIS LINK to reserve online. The deadline to make hotel reservations is Monday, January 29, 2024. Do not wait to book your rooms! You may always adjust your reservation as the event gets closer.
- Recipe, Costing, Menu Template
- JUDGE’S RUBRICS: STARTER, ENTREE, DESSERT, SAFETY & SANITATION, Culinary Rubric-MR, WORK SKILLS/ORGANIZATION, TEAM PRESENTATION/KNIFE SKILLS
- Recipe, Costing, Menu Templates for MANAGEMENT
- JUDGE’S RUBRICS: CONCEPT, CRITICAL THINKING, MARKETING, MENU/RECIPE/COSTING, OPERATIONS
Participant Waiver 2024 — 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 Friday and do not compete in Culinary until Saturday you can store items in the refrigerator until your competition time on Saturday.
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 prior to 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 Saturday, March 2, 2024. 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.
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.
2023 ProStart Culinary Team Competitions Video
NATIONAL PROSTART INVITATIONAL 2023 VIDEO
2022 ProStart Culinary Team Competitions Pictures and Video
Salute Photobooth #1 Pictures–Open Air Booth
Salute Photobooth #2 Pictures–Closed Booth