ProStart NewsBites April 2023

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ProStart Teacher Training — Register Now!

There are two separate ProStart Teacher Training opportunities this year.

June 13-16 — UCF Rosen College of Hospitality, Orlando
June 20-23 — Keiser University, Sarasota campus

Teachers may choose one training to attend which will be on a first-come, first-served basis through the registration online.

Due to the nature of the schools, the agendas will be different for each event. Detailed agendas will be available in May.

The UCF Rosen College of Hospitality event will cover several topics to include Soups and Salads, Appetizers and Advanced Plating Techniques.  The group will have offsite field trips.

The ProStart Teacher Training at Keiser University in Sarasota’s kitchen time will focus on Sustainability, International Favorites and Sweet Treats.  The group will have offsite field trips.


All attendees must be teaching the ProStart curriculum during the 2023-2024 school year.

Participants must adhere to all UCF Rosen College of Hospitality and Keiser University professional codes of sanitation and grooming. Each participant must wear chef pants (no jeans) as well as non-skid, hard toe shoes.
The FRLAEF, along with its sponsors, covers the cost for all attendees. This includes instruction, lodging, chef coat and take-home educational materials. Most meals will be provided. Accommodations for both events will be in a local hotel (TBD) and each participant will have their own room. FRLAEF will cover the cost of the room nights.

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

Registration closes on May 5, 2023. If the events fill up prior to May 5, there will be a Wait List.

Each venue can hold 50 attendees. As there are over 270 Florida ProStart teachers, you may only register for one event.


FRLAEF Post Secondary Scholarship Available

The FRLAEF Post-Secondary scholarship is now available for your graduating seniors.

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


Universal Orlando Handheld Winner

Congratulations to the team at Lake Region High School in Polk County for winning the inaugural Universal Orlando Handheld Competition! The top three teams competed on March 7 in Orlando. The ProStart teacher at Lake Region High School is Corinne Hart (pictured at left with her team and Universal Orlando Chefs). The Lake Region team’s winning handheld item was a Shrimp Reina Pepiada Puffs. The Puffs will be featured soon in the Universal Theme Parks, so you can try them for yourself!

The other teams that made it to the top three were Miami Lakes Educational Center, ProStart teacher David Nunez, and Winter Park High School, ProStart teacher Chris Whitlow.


ProStart & ServSafe News

  • The 3rd edition of the ProStart curriculum, Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts, is currently scheduled to be available for the 2025-2026 school year
  • The 8th edition of the ServSafe Manager book is scheduled to be available after October 1, 2023 which will include the 2022 Food Code updates
  • CLICK HERE for a ServSafe moderated webinar about the 2022 Food Code updates
  • The NRAEF is looking to connect with educators who meet the criteria below. Please let us know if you are willing to work in a focus group about these issues:
    • Work in schools focused on students with disabilities i.e. schools for the deaf
    • Work in classrooms where they have students with IEPs and/or 504 plans

Summer Employment Opportunity

Summer Camp Cooks, a Summer Camp Food Service Management, provides meals for thousands of Campers and Staff over the summer around the USA. They are looking to connect with organizations that would like to provide their members, students, or staff opportunities to work in a quantity cooking environment in the summertime in beautiful camp locations.

Website link:

Here is a website where Chefs can create a profile and see our jobs:

Contact Alex Lagios at (954) 607-2231 for more information.

Hospitality Industry Internships

The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida ProStart & HTM 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 ProStart, 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.

Complimentary Foodsafety Materials

Each Premier and Full ProStart program is eligible for free ServSafe or SafeStaff materials.  To ensure you get the materials you need, you must notify us of your needs.  Once we receive your ProStart Classification paperwork, you can order up to $350 of ServSafe/SafeStaff materials. Click here for the price list. Email Amy Parker to place your order–you do not need to fill out the form. Requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The FRLAEF will not send you foodsafety materials unless you request them.  Please do not forget to request the materials.

Complimentary ProStart Scantrons

The FRLAEF will distribute over $25,000 worth of free ProStart Exam Scantrons to Premier and Full ProStart schools during the 2022-2023 school year. Once a school has turned in their ProStart Classification paperwork, email Amy Parker to let her know how many ProStart Exam Scantrons you need. Requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Complimentary ServSuccess Materials

ServSuccess was introduced last year by the National Restaurant Association. It is a stackable foodservice industry credential. The entry level certification is Certified Restaurant Professional (CRP). Individuals must have 400 hours of industry experience along with the ServSafe exam to be eligible to sit for the CRP. No training is required but five modules are offered.

If you would like to take the courses and/or the exam, email Amy Parker to let her know and she will get you signed up for free!

The link below will provide you with additional information on CRP.