ProStart NewsBites February 2020

ProStart Teacher Training Institute–Registration Begins in March!

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.


Registration will begin in March NewsBites.

FRLAEF Scholarship Application Update

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.

It’s the 20th Annual ProStart Competition!

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

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.

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.

CLICK HERE for the application.


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.



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


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


Event Project

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


Knife Skills

First Place – Erick Henderickson, Wekiva HS

Second Place – Josephine Russo, Wekiva HS

Third Place – Melanie George -Charlemagne Orange Technical College Westside


Decorative Centerpiece

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


Waiters Relay

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


Edible Centerpiece

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


ProStart Prep

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

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.

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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.

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