The 19th Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competitions take place Friday, March 1–Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. The competition is open to the public. If you are interested in competing in the future, bring some students and come check it out!
Top Trends for 2019
Day after day, Washington, D.C’s Teaism would trash pounds of broccoli stems, trimmings from florets served in the fast-casual’s bento boxes. Eyeing the waste, co-owner Michelle Brown would demur to Chef Alison Swope: “It’s a shame we can’t do anything with all those stems.”
Challenge accepted. Swope’s “Broccoli Tots” combine ground broccoli stems with goat cheese and seasonings, balled together and then breaded with panko and fried. A favorite at the three Teaism locations, the dish is featured in the “Trash or Treasure” section of the restaurant’s menu, which highlights items made from ingredients that would otherwise be wasted. This type of “zero-waste cooking” is one of the top trends for 2019, according to our latest What’s Hot Culinary Forecast. READ MORE
Do you know of any ProStart students interested in podcasting? NPR wants to hear from them with the Student Podcast Challenge! Students from around the country are invited to create a podcast with their classes, to be submitted by an educator. Submissions are due March 31, with winners announced in April. Winning submissions will be featured in segments on Morning Edition or All Things Considered. In the meantime, know any students who currently host a podcast about their experiences in ProStart? The National Restaurant Association wants to hear about them! Send that information to email@example.com.
CLICK HERE for more information.
CLICK HERE for the contest rules.
Project Taste Test
The National Restaurant Association Foundation, in partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice, is proud to share the seventh . Project Taste Test is produced exclusively for ProStart classrooms to give students advice from the best in the business and to showcase the limitless opportunities in restaurants, foodservice, and hospitality. This year’s Project Taste Test video features an exclusive interview with Stephen Joyce, CEO of Dine Brands Global; Darren Rebelez, President of IHOP; and John Cywinski, President of Applebee’s. They are interviewed by Sidney Reed, a ProStart alum from California who is now attending Cal Poly Ponoma to pursue a career in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
Show this video to your students and they can complete the interactive classroom worksheet. The worksheet includes a short project where students can use social media to build out their own marketing campaign. logging in to educator hub. PepsiCo’s Project Taste Test video. Educators can access the interactive classroom activity by
The 23rd Annual ProStart Teacher Training Institute will take place in June 16-21, 2019. The week-long training provides 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 2019-2020 school year. Attendees will be responsible for their travel and some meals.
Online registration will begin in March.
Information about CAPE, SafeStaff and More
- SafeStaff is a performance measure for Perkins funds. Please turn in your SafeStaff results to the same person you turn in your ServSafe results.
- www.floridashines.org is the host sight for MyCareerShines. This website exist to help students earn a college degree and find a bright career. They work closely with Florida’s 40 colleges and universities. Students can check their transcripts, explore libraries and track their success. There are student log in options as well as parent log in options.
- Don’t forget www.goprostart.com. They have practice exams for ProStart and ServSafe. The exams are broken down into three optioins: 15 questions (Sampler), 80 questions (Entrée) or 45 questions (Dessert).
ProStart Scantron Update
The 1st edition of Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts distributed by Pearson is going out of print. Pearson is no longer selling the printed answer sheets and online exam vouchers. However, the National Restaurant Association will continue processing the answer sheets. You may reach them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-848-9500 prior to that date. However, as of January 1, 2019, you may purchase these 1st edition exam items directly from the National Restaurant Association. Please contact your Foundations rep or email email@example.com for 2019 orders or to learn more about the new 2nd Edition of FRMCA.
Culinary 1-3 Progression
Pinellas County Schools shared their Culinary 1 – 3 progression chart. This chart was created to visually show the progression of learning throughout the frameworks. This chart is a work in progress and is reviewed yearly. CLICK HERE to view it.
ProStart ExamView Help
NRA Solutions team worked with Turning Technologies to host a ExamView webinar recording via the developer’s ftp site. The recording is not as intuitive or elegant as we would like it to be, but I believe it can still help teachers learn the ropes.
ExamView Webinar Recording
**Recording is in the root of the folder**
The recorded webinar covers:
- Managing multiple editions/test banks
- Creating a course in Manager and giving the test over Player on the LAN
- Entering Grades into Manager
- Creating Exams
- Pulling student data from test manager- for individuals/class to see trends
- Add/modify questions
Creating a Test
NRA Solutions can also do 1:1 support for any of your teachers interested in the 2nd edition or currently using ExamView, just let us know and we will connect you to them.
Marriott Info Request + Job Opportunities in Puerto Rico
Marriott is interested in connecting to more ProStart students and schools in Florida. If you are currently working with a Marriott, please let us know! We would like the property name and contact name to share with them.
Marriott is hiring all positions for St. Regis Bahia Beach Puerto Rico. This property is opening in November 2018. If you have former students who may be interested, please pass this information on to them.
CLICK HERE for the Management Positions flyer.
CLICK HERE for the Non-Management Positions flyer.
Two Culinary Positions Open
Marion County Forest High School in Marion County is in need of a culinary teacher. For more information CLICK HERE and then look for the Careers tab at the top right corner to apply.
Citrus County Citrus High School in Citrus County is in need of a culinary teacher. CLICK HERE then scroll down to “Teacher Culinary Arts” for more information and to apply.
Hospitality Industry Internships
The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida ProStart & HTMP 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 from the FRLAEF.
To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the ProStart/HTMP curriculum during the 2018-2019 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 also 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.
ACF Scholarship Opportunities
ACF Scholarship Applications for CIA
- Culinary Institute of America (Deadline: May 1)
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.
NRAEF has finally made the 7th edition Instructor tools available! The Instructor USB is $200 if you are interested. It is listed on the price sheet.
Complimentary ProStart Scantrons
The FRLAEF will distribute over $25,000 worth of free ProStart Exam Scantrons to Premier and Full ProStart schools during the 2018-2019 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.