ProStart NewsBites December 2016

FRLAEF Scholarship Application Now Open!

The FRLAEF is awarding at least $44,000 in scholarships to Florida ProStart and HTMP students this school year. Scholarships will be presented during the Salute to Excellence Awards dinner on Saturday, March 4, 2017 in Orlando.

The minimum scholarship amount awarded is $2,000.

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

• Be a graduating senior who will begin post-secondary education during the 2017-2018 school year
• Be entering a culinary or hospitality post-secondary program
• Return a copy of their OFFICIAL high school transcript to FRLAEF by application deadline

Please share the application link below with your students!

CLICK HERE to apply.

The FRLAEF Scholarship application closes on January 27, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be notified by February 3, 2017.

ProStart Marketing Piece Availableprostart-rack-card-p2prostart-rack-card-p1

The FRLAEF has developed a marketing piece for ProStart that is designed to explain ProStart to parents and potential classroom mentors or sponsors.

These pieces are perfect for an Open House for your program or showcasing your program in the community.  If you are interested in some, please let us know and we can send them to you. If possible, please give us two weeks lead time.

The piece is pictured at right. Clicking on the image opens it full size.

Burger King Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Burger King McLamore Foundation has opened enrollment for the Burger King Scholars program. Applications must bepast-scholars-2
submitted by December 15. Open for high school seniors and Burger King team members, the scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $50,000.

The requirements to become a Burger King Scholar are simple. You must apply within the application period, and fit the prerequisites below:
*Have a strong academic record with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
*Be active in the community through volunteering, sports, clubs and/or religious organizations
*Be a graduating high school senior with plans to attend a two- or four-year program at an accredited university, college or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico; or be a Burger King employee.

Non-high school senior Burger King employees can further their education by using the scholarship for non-degree courses such as accounting, computer or language courses. The application window closes December 15.

CLICK HERE for more information and to apply.

Wolfgang Puck Catering Chef Shares His Story

A short video featuring Chef Jett Mora, who got his start in the industry as a cook and is currently chef de cuisine at Red|Seven restaurant and a sous chef within the Los Angeles operation of Wolfgang Puck Catering, is now available on the NRAEF website. It is the fifth Project Taste Test video, a series designed to highlight various careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Mora has catered high profile events such as the Oscars® Governors Ball, and explains that Wolfgang Puck Catering events can range from five to 5,000 people. Accompanying materials have been created to help jump-start classroom discussions and are available in the Educator Resource Library.

Calling Florida’s Top Student Chefs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam encourages innovative chefs in 9th through 12th grades to enter the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off. Students can submit original recipes featuring locally grown products for the chance to have their meal served in school cafeterias. The deadline to enter is Thurs., Feb. 2, 2017. For rules and to submit an entry, visit

“A healthy diet is the foundation for academic success, and our goal is to get students excited about incorporating Florida’s fresh produce into everyday meals,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.

Entry requirements include:

  • Applicants must be a Florida student in 9th through 12th grade.
  • The recipe must be original and submitted with a photo.
  • The recipe must contain one fresh fruit or fresh vegetable grown in Florida.
  • The recipe must have clear directions and be prepared in 75 minutes or less.
  • The recipe must promote good nutrition and healthy eating habits.

Students first submit their recipes and pictures to be judged on nutrition, presentation/ appeal and originality. Finalists will be chosen to compete in five regional cook-offs, which will be held in March and April 2017 in the following counties: Dade, Duval, Escambia, Hillsborough and Indian River.

The first place winners of each region will continue to the statewide cook-off at the Florida School Nutrition Association annual conference in Orlando on Sat., Apr. 22, 2017. The “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off champion will be invited to serve with a professional chef at one of the department’s future events.

For more information on the “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit

ProStart Video  & Curriculum Resources

CLICK HERE to see almost 40 ProStart Videos. The videos range from making Mother Sauces to how to fabricate a sheep!

CLICK HERE for a dropbox full of ProStart curriculum resources from a former ProStart teacher in North Carolina.

Interesting Links in the Food + Culinary World

Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner

The Salute to Excellence Awards will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. The awards dinner will recognize all ProStart Competition, Pineapple Award, Scholarship recipients and Hospitality Excellence Awardees. Registration will begin in December 2016.

Foodsafety Materials

Each Premier and Full ProStart program is eligible for free Foodsafety materials.  To ensure you get the materials you need, you must notify us.  Once we receive your ProStart Classification paperwork, you can order up to $350 of Foodsafety materials. Click here for the ServSafe 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.

In case you missed it, CLICK HERE to see how FRLAEF has restructured Foodsafety Training material awards.

ProStart Scantrons

The FRLAEF will distribute over $25,000 worth of free ProStart Exam Scantrons to Premier and Full ProStart schools during the 2016-2017 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.

ProStart Teacher Training Institute–Save the Date

The 20th Annual ProStart Teacher Training Institute will take place in June 18-23, 2017. The week-long training providesTTI 2016 background WHITE-min-1 Florida ProStart instructors with the knowledge necessary to teach the ProStart curriculum. Each day’s learning is built around topics covered in the ProStart curriculum.


All classes will be held at Johnson & Wales University (JWU) North Miami campus, 1701 NE 127th Street, North Miami, Florida, 33181.


The FRLAEF will cover the cost of all Florida ProStart instructors who will be teaching the ProStart curriculum during the 2017-2018 school year. Attendees will be responsible for their travel and some meals.


Online registration will begin Spring 2017.

ProStart Banners Given to First 50 to Respond!

The FRLAEF has created a ProStart banner ps-banner(shown here) for Florida ProStart classrooms. Banners may be used in your classroom or when you take your culinary show on the road as a backdrop to your display.

If you are one of the first 50 schools to send us an email, we will send you a complimentary ProStart banner!



Subject Line: ProStart Banner

Include your school mailing address in the body of the email.

Banners are 3′ x 4′ but dimensions can be adjusted. If you would like to request a different dimension, include that under your school mailing address in the body of the email.