ProStart NewsBites January 2018

Awards Dinner, Hospitality Excellence & Pineapple Awards

The Salute to Excellence Awards _dsc3524will take place on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. The awards dinner will recognize all Pineapple Award, FRLAEF Scholarship and Hospitality Excellence Awards recipients as well as ProStart Competition winners. All ProStart instructors, ProStart competition team members, and award recipients receive one complimentary ticket to the dinner.

CLICK HERE  to register to attend the Salute to Excellence Awards dinner and/or to submit a student’s name for the Hospitality Excellence Award. (If you are a ProStart Competition team-DO NOT fill the registration form out. Your dinner registration is contained within your online competition entry form.)  This is a two-fold entry form. The first section is an RSVP to the dinner itself. In the second section, you can name your top ProStart student for the Hospitality Excellence Award. You may select your Hospitality Excellence Award recipient using your own criteria. However, the selected student should be pursuing a culinary or hospitality career. This student will be recognized with a certificate during the awards dinner. Only one student per school may receive the Hospitality Excellence Award. The deadline to register for the awards dinner and to recognize a student is Friday, February 2, 2018.

The Pineapple Award recognizes one ProStart teacher as having demonstrated a commitment to the ProStart program through dedication to ProStart students.
CLICK HERE for the online Pineapple Award nomination form.

Anyone (forward the nomination link to your principal, your fellow teachers, your business partners so they can nominate YOU!) may nominate a ProStart teacher they feel deserves this recognition using the following criteria:

  • ProStart Teacher must have taught the ProStart curriculum at least one year

NOMINATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 2, 2018

Additional tickets may be purchased in advance for $60. No tickets will be sold on site. To purchase additional tickets with a credit card CLICK HERE.

Tickets may also be purchased by checks made payable to FRLAEF and mailed to:

PO Box 1779
Tallahassee, FL  32302

All ticket payments must be received by the FRLAEF no later than February 9, 2018 to guarantee a seat at the Salute Awards dinner.

FRLAEF Scholarship Application

The FRLAEF is awarding at least $60,000 in scholarships to Florida ProStart and HTMP students this school year. Scholarships will be presented during the Salute to Excellence Awards dinner on Sunday, March 4, 2018 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 2018-2019 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 26, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be notified by February 2, 2018.

Be Our Guest: ProStart Culinary Team Competitions

The 18th Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competitions will take place Saturday, March 3 – Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.

If you are curious about the competition or are interested in competing in the future, come check it out! All competitions are free and open to the public. No registration required.

CLICK HERE for the tentative agenda.

Food Science Course

If anyone is teaching the Food Science Course, please let us know. A teacher would like to pick your brain!

NRAEF Scholarship Application Opens This Month

The online National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) Undergraduate Scholarship Application will open on January 15. The site will remain open until April 1.  

Three tips for NRAEF undergraduate scholarship applicants:

  1. Don’t wait until the last minute!  Undergraduate scholarship applications will open on January 15 and close on April 1.  Give yourself enough time before the deadline to write better essays and gather all the required documentation.  The scholarship application doesn’t have to be completed in one sitting.
  2. Make sure you provide an email address you check often!  All communication regarding your scholarship application will be via email and it’s the applicant’s responsibility to provide a working email address that is checked frequently.  Don’t provide an email address you won’t be using or have access to after the summer or you may miss important information.
  3. Scope out and give a heads up to potential recommenders!  You’ll need at least two letters of recommendation with your scholarship application. Letters of recommendation are requested through the online scholarship application. Make sure to let your recommenders know beforehand that you intend to ask for their recommendations so they know to look out for the system email (that’s how they provide the letters) and help ensure they submit on time.
CLICK HERE for the application page.

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.

ServSafe 7th Edition Instructor Resources

As of this date, ServSafe is not offering the 7th ed. Instructor Resources for purchase.

If you are a registered ServSafe Dual Role Instructor/Proctor, you can access the Instructor Resources for free HERE.

There are two ways to become a Dual Role Instructor/Proctor:

  • Pass the INSTRUCTOR version of the ServSafe exam


  • If you took another version of the exam (English or Spanish), you have to wait 90 days after your exam, then you can apply for the Dual Role

If you took a ServSafe test with the FRLAEF at any point, you took the INSTRUCTOR version, so you are eligible to register as a DUAL Role Instructor/Proctor.

St. Lucie County Now Hiring

There is a Culinary Arts Instructor Opening at Fort Pierce Westwood High School in St. Lucie County.  The teaching position is for a full time culinary arts instructor.  The program has an excellent reputation in the community and with local business partners.  For more information contact Michael Carbenia at St Lucie Public Schools or (321) 720-0648.

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 2017-2018 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.

Foundations Second Edition Now Available

The 2nd edition of Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts is now available for purchase. To learn more about the second edition, access select resources or to make a purchase, go to

The following resources are available for your reference:

o   Table of Contents with Learning Objectives for Level 1 and Level 2 can be downloaded here.

o   Dedicated site for Correlations:

o   Foundations 2E Overview PowerPoint

How to Order, Receive a Quote and Foundations 2nd edition. Pricelist

o   Orders can now be placed directly on

o   Quotes can be created online.

o   *If your organization is tax exempt, please provide your tax exempt ID form. Otherwise, tax will be charged at the rate consistent with the zip code of the shipping address.  

eBook Demo Request, Purchase Orders, and Exam Exchanges:

o   Submit Requests for demo eBook access keys or demos through

o   Purchase orders can be submitted to:

o   Request for exchanging 1st edition exams to 2nd edition exams should be sent via email with the Subject “Exam Exchange” to for processing.

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 2017-2018 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 22nd Annual ProStart Teacher Training Institute will take place in June 17-22, 2018. 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 2018-2019 school year. Attendees will be responsible for their travel and some meals.


Online registration will begin Spring 2018.