HTM March NewsBites 2023









HTM Competition Results!

19th Annual HTM Competition Winners


1st Place – Stoneman Douglas High School

Instructor:         Mitchell Albert

2nd Place – Miami Sunset High School

            Instructor:        Milagros Perez 

3rd Place – Olympia High School

           Instructor:        Kristina Bryant       

Hotel Operations Competition

1st Place – Windermere High School

Instructor:         Heather Kelly

Students:          Keegan McBride, Charles Johnson, Alexandra Conley, Madeleine Empric 

2nd Place – Stoneman Douglas High School

Instructor:         Mitchell Albert

            Students:          Morgan Fink, Blake Backman, Alexis Presno, Madison Schapiro 

3rd Place – Miami Sunset High School

             Instructor:        Milagros Perez

Students:          Raquel Guerrero, Jekcy Guerrero, Jade Pagoda 

Hospitality Project Competition

1st Place – Stoneman Douglas High School

Instructor:         Mitchell Albert

            Students:          Morgan Fink, Alexis Presno, Madison Schapiro, Blake Blackman

2nd Place – Miami Sunset High School

             Instructor:        Milagros Perez

Students:          Raquel Guerrero, Jekcy Guerrero, Jade Pagoda

3rd Place – Olympia High School

            Instructor:        Kristina Bryant

Students:          Annalise Blomberg, Molly Bryan, Aylin Sandboyva

Knowledge Bowl Competition

1st Place – Stoneman Douglas High School

Instructor:         Mitchell Albert

            Students:          Morgan Fink, Alexis Presno, Madison Schapiro, Blake Blackman

2nd Place – Horizon High School

Instructor:         Kate Restifo

Students:          Renata Chaves, Adrianna Mason,          

3rd Place – Robert Morgan Education Center

           Instructor:        Alina Hughes

Students:          Destinee Rodgers, Peyton McQueen, Julie Felipe-Careaga, Allanie Sahatoo

HTM Teacher of the Year

The HTM Teacher of the Year and recipient of the 2023 FRLAEF Pineapple Award is Kristina Bryant, HTM Teacher at Olympia High School in Orlando. (She is pictured at left with one of her former students.)

Ms. Bryant has taught HTM for five years, beginning at Freedom High School before moving to Olympia High.  She serves as Orange County’s lead HTM instructor which means she spearheads meetings as well as mentors new HTM instructors.  She also organizes field trips and guest speakers, not just for her students but for all local HTM schools.  More then 400 HTM and culinary students have attended one of the monthly site visits that she has organized.  This is all in addition to teaching students in the classroom every day!


FRLAEF Scholarships Awarded

The FRLAEF awarded $70,000 in scholarships during the Salute to Excellence Awards on March 5, 2023.


As a recipient of an FRLAEF Scholarship, students receive a one-time $2,000 scholarship to the post-secondary institution of your choice. Students should be pursuing a degree in culinary arts or hospitality. This scholarship is contingent upon the FRLAEF receiving verification students are enrolled in a post-secondary institution. This is confirmed when they email the FRLAEF your Student ID Number, the Financial Aid mailing address, and name of your college. The FRLAEF must receive this required documentation no later than June 9, 2023. Once we receive the verification, the scholarship check is mailed to the student’s college and they will deposit it in the student’s account.

FRLAEF Post Secondary Scholarship Now Open!

Please complete the following and return with a copy of your Official Transcript. One or two post-secondary recipients will be selected.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must:

• Be enrolled at a post-secondary school pursuing a culinary or hospitality program–Summer/Fall 2023 term
• Return your transcript by application deadline

The scholarship amount is based on investment returns and award amounts fluctuate from year to year. Two to three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. This is a one-time, non-renewable award. However, students may reapply each year.

Application deadline:  May 19, 2023
Applicants notified award status by: May 26, 2023


HTM Teacher Training 

Thanks to the success of the inaugural HTM Teacher Training, the FLRAEF will conduct an annual HTM Teacher Training  June 26-28, 2023 at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando.

AGENDA   Post-secondary instructors will join us at the HTM Teacher Training to present various hospitality industry topics covered in the HTM curriculum. The HTM curriculum will be discussed along with the competition rules. Attendees will also tour a Loews Orlando property.

REQUIREMENTS   All attendees must be teaching the HTMP/HTM curriculum during the 2023-2024 school year.

PROGRAM COST   The FRLAEF, along with its sponsors, covers the cost for all attendees. This includes instruction, lodging, and take-home educational materials. Most meals will be provided.

Attendees will stay at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and will have their own room. FRLAEF will cover the cost of the room nights.

TRANSPORTATION   Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to the event as well as to and from events each day as needed.


The deadline to register is May 5, 2023.

AHLA Scholarship Application Available–Closes March 15

The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) offers two types of scholarships:

  • Self-nominated – open to all hospitality management students enrolled in a U.S. college or university
  • School-nominated – requires school affiliation with the AHLA Foundation

All hospitality students, regardless of where they attend school, have access to more than $500,000 in scholarships offered through the Foundation’s self-nominated scholarships:

This year, the Foundation will disburse $1 million through its nine hospitality management scholarship programs for students ranging from freshmen to graduate students. Some scholarships are reserved for current hotel employees or minorities. Others are open to full-time or part-time students. Award amounts range from $500 to $7,500.

Applicants must be enrolled in a hospitality-related degree-granted program at a US college or university. Qualifying majors include programs such as hotel/restaurant management, culinary arts, travel/tourism and hotel administration. Each scholarship has additional requirements as well, so be sure to read them all before deciding which ones to apply for.
CLICK HERE for the application. Application closes March 15. Scholarship checks are mailed over the summer.

NRAEF Scholarship Now Open Through March 15

The National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) Scholarship application opens on January 15. Scholarships range between $2,500–$10,000.

Undergraduate Scholarship Timeline

  • January 15: Scholarship Application Opens
  • March 15: Application Closes
  • April – May: Scholarship Application Review
  • June: Scholarship Award Notifications
  • July – August: Scholarship Claiming and Payments
  • August 15: Deadline to Claim Scholarship

CLICK HERE for the scholarship page and more information.

New to the 8th Edition ServSafe Coursebook + Exam View Files (New!)

The 8th edition has been revised so students at all experience levels will be successful in the course. Expanded content and examples help learners better understand unfamiliar concepts. New online learning tools will enable students to master and retain the vast amount of information they are expected to know. Academic students using ServSafe Coursebook 8e are better supported than ever as they prepare to take the ServSafe Exam.

ServSafe Coursebook Features
• Up-to-date thorough coverage of topics in the ServSafe exam including the latest FDA Food Code content

• Scenarios, case studies, and contemporary examples of food safety concerns throughout the text to engage students, prepare them for learning, and help them see real world implications

• A contextual framework for core topics to better support learners and help them understand the importance of each topic and how it all fits together

• New to the 8th edition: Knowledge checks added at end of each section designed to help students and instructors quickly assess understanding and retention of key concepts

• New to the 8th edition: “In the Operation” boxes in each chapter provide examples of real-world application of food safety content and combine related material from other areas within the chapter and book. In the Operation boxes cover equipment, roles, processes, and other foundational information about the workings of a restaurant and a professional kitchen

• End of chapter review questions and activities to assess student understanding and reflect upon areas where additional study is required

Access Free Instructor Resources

If you are a ServSafe Dual Role Instructor/Proctor, you may access free Instructor Resources for the 8th ed. Coursebook at under:


Linked to ServSafe Coursebook 8th Edition Ancillary – You can download this file, and each chapter has an Instructor guide.  That is where you can fine the learning objectives.

You can also find resources such as PPTs, Videos, etc. labeled under 16hrs course.

More information on the 8th ed. may be FOUND HERE.

If you are not yet a Dual Role Instructor/Proctor, scroll down for those instructions.

Exam View Files (New)

If you have upgraded to 8th edition Coursebook, Dave Mason, ProStart teacher at Niceville High School worked with the Exam View team to converted the test files from the online Instructor resources to question banks so that they can save them to exam view and develop or scramble the questions for the quizzes. Everyone will need to go to their question bank folder (NOT the test folder) and save them there. Please contact us if you would like the Exam View files.

Become a Dual Role ServSafe Instructor/Proctor

A Dual Role ServSafe Instructor/Proctor has access to all the free resources on the ServSafe website. If you passed the Instructor version of the ServSafe exam, you may apply for Dual Role status right away. If you took the English version of the exam, you may still become Dual Role, you just have to wait 90 days after you passed your ServSafe exam.

To become a Dual Role Instructor/Proctor, go to, login, and then click on Instructors/Proctors. Under Register/Renew click on Register and go from there. If you are already a ServSafe Proctor, you are unable to become a Dual Role Instructor/Proctor until your Proctor status expires. You may also call ServSafe at 800-766-2122 and they may be able to reset your account so you can apply for Dual Role.

Hospitality Industry Internships

The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida HTM & ProStart instructors to work in a foodservice/lodging establishment for at least 40 hours. Once the required paperwork has been processed, the participant will receive a personal check for $600.

To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the HTM or HTMP curriculum during the 2022-2023 school year. If you are already employed at a restaurant or hotel, you MAY NOT use that site for your internship. The restaurant/hotel must be a new work experience for you, not somewhere you have worked before or used as an HII internship location.

The applicant must secure a position at a foodservice or lodging facility where a minimum of 40 hours of hands-on experience is guaranteed. The host location may pay the recipient but is not required to do so.

The FRLAEF will award 11 HII’s this school year on a first-come, first-served basis. So apply NOW! Work experience may begin once the applicant receives an award notification from the FRLAEF.

CLICK HERE to apply.