The 24th Annual ProStart Teacher Training Institute will take place in June 21-26, 2020. 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 2020-2021 school year. Attendees will be responsible for their travel and some meals.
The online registration link will be in March ProStart NewsBites so be on the lookout!
The FRLAEF received over 125 scholarship applications. We will award approximately $180,000 in scholarships in the next couple weeks! These scholarships will be presented during the Salute to Excellence Awards on Sunday, March 8 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.
We will notify all applicants of their status by February 14, 2020.
The 2020 ProStart competition marks the 20th year ProStart students have competed for medals, scholarships and the traveling trophy. If you have competed in the past 20 years, please email us your pictures. These pictures will be shown during the Salute to Excellence Awards dinner. You do not have to be a competing team this year to be included in the PowerPoint. Email pictures to aparker@FRLA.org.
The competition is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. If you have not competed and are considering bringing a team next year, this is the perfect way to check out each event and get an understanding about what the competition is like.
Taste of the NFL
A huge Thank You to the 100 ProStart students that worked the Taste of the NFL event on Saturday, February 1. One night prior to the SuperBowl! The students worked in shifts to prep for the Taste on Friday and again on Saturday. Then 80 students ultimately helped plate and serve during the Taste of the NFL. The Taste of the NFL is a fundraising event for foodbanks.
More than 100 Florida ProStart students volunteered at the annual Taste of the NFL fundraiser that raises money for food banks around the country.Check out what they were able to accomplish this weekend!
Posted by ProStart Program on Sunday, February 2, 2020
ServSafe Proctor Update
- Updated Proctor to Examinee Ratio for Online Exams – ServSafe has made a change to the policy regarding the number of assistant exam proctors required depending on the number of examinees taking the online exams. From now on, if there are more than 15 examinees present, an assistant exam proctor is required to be present, with an extra assistant exam proctor required for every additional 15 examinees. The proctor to examinee ratio for Print exams continues to be 35 examinees per proctor.
NRAEF Scholarship Application Available
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) scholarship application is now open for your seniors. Scholarship amounts range from $2,500-$10,000 each.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15, 2020
Competition Results Around the State
Local school districts and post-secondary school host practice competitions throughout the year. Below are the results from two of those local events.
DAYTONA STATE COMPETITION
1st Place Ridgeview High – Amy LaPierre, Instructor
2nd Place Hialeah Garden Sr High – James Bryant, Instructor
3rd Place Fernandina Beach H S – Michael Gass, Instructor
1st Place Hamilton County H S – Geniane Bell, Instructor
2nd Place Ridgeview High – Amy LaPierre, Instructor
3rd Place New Smyrna Beach H S – Dana Luff, Instructor
1st Place Lake Minneola H S – Nick Sandora, Instructor
2nd Place Flagler Palm Coast HS – -Lori Savoca, Instructor
3rd Place Spruce Creek HS – Mary Piper, Instructor
1st Place Marathon High School – Carl Stanton, Instructor
2nd Place St. Lucie W Centennial – Chef Calvin Lewis, Instructor
ORANGE COUNTY COMPETITION
Hospitality Quiz Cup
First Place – OTC Mid Florida – Brian Mazellan, Nayeli DeJesus, Heather Pierre, Moesha Herron
Second Place – Freedom – Andy Langlois, Arrianna Feliciano, Jorge Nieto Burgos, Jayden Wong-Colon
Third Place – Windermere – Spencer Flud, Payson Van Lom, Jazlyn Hayslett, Ashlye Ratti
First Place – Winter Park – Aspen Newsome, Jessica Dole, Ryan Hagerty, Karleigh Hunter
Second Place – Windermere – Jasmine Rhoden, Kacey Beamon, Lucas Blanco, Lucas Blair
Third Place – Freedom – Jean Rojas, Windsor Gagnon, Annika Swayze, Teresa Truscott
Guest Services Case Study
First Place – Freedom -Jean Rojas, Windsor Gagnon, Annika Swayze, Teresa Truscott
Second Place – Oak Ridge – Talia Hughes, Ancha Amilcar, Cassandra Servius, Sarah Jean
Third Place – Winter Park – Aspen Newsome, Jessica Dole, Ryan Hagerty, Karleigh Hunter
Overall Hospitality Champion
First Place – Windermere – Jasmine Rhoden, Kacey Beamon, Lucas Blanco, Lucas Blair
Second Place – Winter Park – Aspen Newsome, Jessica Dole, Ryan Hagerty, Karleigh Hunter
Third Place – Freedom – Jean Rojas, Windsor Gagnon, Annika Swayze, Teresa Truscott
Marketing Campaign Winners
Orange Technical College Mid Florida – Melody Wright, Warren Dor, Nicolle Armas, Ajany Francillon
Winter Park – Brock Wahlers, Pierce Taylor, Colby Kainz, Max Bogle
Wekiva – Britny Bacca, Michael Thompson, Emma Crespo
Windermere – Charles Johnson, Tiffany Ackerbloom, Keegan McBride, Jackson Robinson
First Place – Erick Henderickson, Wekiva HS
Second Place – Josephine Russo, Wekiva HS
Third Place – Melanie George -Charlemagne Orange Technical College Westside
First Place – Enzo Lima, Windermere HS
Second Place – Riley Stone and Maria Santa, Winter Pak HS
Third Place – Tateanna Ethridge, Jayla Connaway and Joleen Joseph, Oak Ridge HS
First Place – Frederick Lohmar, Lynette Marques and Kyara Gibbs, Colonial HS
Second Place – Trinity White, Monise Weathers and Younicka Augustin, Orange Technical College Orlando
Third Place – Calista Felix, Alexandria Tom and Basma Chakboub, Windermere HS
First Place – Team EC2 Audrey Turelly, Orange Technical College Mid Florida
Second Place – Team EC 1 Madelyn Ruckstuhl, Wekiva HS
Dessert – High School Division
First Place – Team HD1 Zoe Sinclair and Daniel Kirshman, Winter Park HS
Second Place – Team HD7 Nikylah John, Wekiva HS
Third Place – Team HD5 Melody Alfaro and Aleeyce King, Winter Park HS
Dessert – Orange Technical College
First Place – Team TD5 Michelle Osorio and Jeivier Estrada, OTC at University HS
Second Place – Team TD6 Caleb Salazar and Ayanna Servreus, OTC Mid Florida
Third Place –TD17 Shakyra Ford and Aniaya Terry, OTC Orlando
Gourmet Meal – High School
First Place – Team HGM12 Alejandro Gaetan, Robertin Clenord, Emily Espisito, Wekiva HS
Second Place – Team HGM6 Brian Baca, Calee Weber, and Natasha Bermejo, Wekiva HS
Third Place – Team HGM7 Angel Vega, Luis Palmer, Leus Mathurin, Freedom HS
Gourmet Meal – Orange Technical College
First Place – Team TGM8 Jimmy Nguyen, Blayz Scott and Issac Acosta, OTC at University HS
Second Place – Team TGM15 Karmeron Peterson, Anthony Feacher and Kelvin Vo, OTC at Ocoee HS
Third Place – Team TGM3 Nicolle Reyes Girald, Emely Fuentes, and Fatima Carpio, OTC Westside
First Place – Team PSP4 Clay Reeves, Kate Campopiano, Austin Boyd, A’Naiby Pennyfeather and Karia Baez, Wekiva High School
Second Place – Team PSP2 Kaleb Bassett, Sam Robinson, Elizabeth Critcher, Izabella Golembowski, and Jomar Alvarez, Winter Park High School
Third Place –Team PSP3 September McCallum, Kevin Sanchez, Emily Ramirez, Miguel Diaz Morimitsu, and Nahima Pierre, OTC Mid Florida
UCF Rosen News
The Foodservice and Culinary faculty at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management has just wrapped up a busy and festive winter semester and are getting into the full swing of spring. Multiple faculty members just volunteered as judges at the Orange County Public Schools Culinary Competition on January 23rd and are looking forward to taking part in the state Prostart Competitions next month. If you will be traveling to the Orlando area (or are already here!) and would like to schedule a tour of the Rosen College, please do not hesitate to contact Chef Jonathan Judy at email@example.com.
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.
To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the ProStart/HTMP curriculum during the 2019-2020 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.
Path to Power Series
The Path to Power series profiles executives in the hospitality industry and the career path they took to get there. These articles were compiled for Florida’s ProStart and HTMP students.
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.
Complimentary ProStart Scantrons
The FRLAEF will distribute over $25,000 worth of free ProStart Exam Scantrons to Premier and Full ProStart schools during the 2019-2020 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.