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FRLAEF Scholarship Application NOW OPEN!

The FRLAEF will award approximately $40,000 in scholarships during the 2021-2022 school year! These scholarships will be awarded in the Spring. The scholarship application link is below. Please share with all your graduating seniors who are going to post secondary school to study anything in the field of Culinary, Foodservice or Hospitality.

CLICK HERE to apply.

Application deadline: February 4, 2022

 


Sixth Annual VooDoo Chef Recipe Challenge–Commitment Deadline Extended

The Commitment date for the Voodoo Chef Recipe Challenge has been extended to Friday, January 7.

All participating students must be Seniors enrolled in a high school culinary program using the ProStart® curriculum during the 2021 – 2022 school year.  Participating students will demonstrate their culinary knowledge, skills, and creative abilities through the creation of an original recipe.  The entrée recipe entered will consist of a protein (such as meat, fish, or fowl), a vegetable, and a starch.  Participation will reinforce the skills and knowledge learned from the ProStart curriculum.

Participant, through their instructor, will commit to participate no later than January 7, 2022, by filling out the commitment form at the following link: VooDooChef.com. Each participant will be provided with a sample of VooDoo Chef NOLA. Product will be sent to participants via their instructor. Multiple students from each school may enter. Each student entering will receive their own portion of the product.

To Commit CLICK HERE (do this by January 7)

For Rules and Entry Packet CLICK HERE


UCF Rosen News

The UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management is getting ready for a busy spring semester after a relaxing winter break. The college was proud to host three in-person ProStart Student and Teacher Workshops in September, October, and November. It was great to have visitors on campus and in our kitchens again.  The UCF Rosen College is also happy to announce that we will host a Summer 2022 ProStart Teacher Training Week. Stay tuned for more information.  Also, this year RCHM Chef Instructors developed a new culinary demonstration video series in our state industry kitchens.  Click here to access the video series.  For more information, please contact jonathan.judy@ucf.edu.


NRAEF Scholarship Opens January 15

The National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) Scholarship application opens on January 15. Scholarships range between $2,500–$10,000.

Undergraduate Scholarship Timeline

  • January 15: Scholarship Application Opens
  • March 15: Application Closes
  • April – May: Scholarship Application Review
  • June: Scholarship Award Notifications
  • July – August: Scholarship Claiming and Payments
  • August 15: Deadline to Claim Scholarship

CLICK HERE for the scholarship page and more information.


AHLA Scholarship Application Available

The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) offers two types of scholarships:

  • Self-nominated – open to all hospitality management students enrolled in a U.S. college or university
  • School-nominated – requires school affiliation with the AHLA Foundation

All hospitality students, regardless of where they attend school, have access to more than $500,000 in scholarships offered through the Foundation’s self-nominated scholarships:

This year, the Foundation will disburse $1 million through its nine hospitality management scholarship programs for students ranging from freshmen to graduate students. Some scholarships are reserved for current hotel employees or minorities. Others are open to full-time or part-time students. Award amounts range from $500 to $7,500.

In order to apply for an AHLA Foundation scholarship, you must be able to answer Yes to the following question:
  1. Will you be enrolled in a hospitality management degree granting program at a U.S. college or university for the upcoming 2022 Fall semester? Qualifying majors include programs such as hotel administration, hotel/restaurant management, culinary arts, and travel/tourism.
CLICK HERE for the application. Application closes mid-February.


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 2021-2022 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.


Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner

The Salute to Excellence Awards will take place on Sunday, March 6, 2022 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. The awards dinner will recognize all ProStart Competition, Pineapple Award, Scholarship recipients and Hospitality Excellence Awardees.

ProStart instructors will have the opportunity to recognize one student during the awards dinner with a Hospitality Excellence Award. These students will be called on stage during the awards dinner and recognized with a certificate.

All ProStart instructors may receive a complimentary ticket to the awards dinner. Hospitality Excellence Award students receive two complimentary tickets, one for them and one for a guest.

If you are not a competing team but would like to attend the Salute, please contact Amy Parker at aparker@FRLA.org.


Complimentary Copies of the Business Side of Restaurants

The Business Side of Restaurants was written by former Georgia Restaurant Association Restaurateur of the Year, Cliff Bramble.  Mr. Bramble has over 40 years of industry experience as well as founded one of the best restaurants in Georgia and one of the best steakhouses in America.  He also co-owned four multi-million-dollar restaurants.  During COVID closures, he had to close his restaurant which gave him the time to write a book about the industry.  This book covers everything from lease discussion and operating cost to human resources and the areas that can suck a business dry.  It also includes QR codes throughout the chapter which link to online webinars and videos relevant to the topic covered.  For more information go to https://www.hungryhospitality.com/the-business-side-of-restaurants.html or https://www.hungryhospitality.com/uploads/5/9/8/3/5983830/final_print_book_summary_091721.pdf.

Mr. Bramble is interested in providing complimentary eBooks to you and your students.  If you are interested, please reach out to him at sales@hungryhospitality.com.  Include that you are a Florida ProStart school.


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.

The FRLAEF will not send you foodsafety materials unless you request them.  Please do not forget to request the materials.


Complimentary ProStart Scantrons

The FRLAEF will distribute over $25,000 worth of free ProStart Exam Scantrons to Premier and Full ProStart schools during the 2021-2022 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.


Complimentary ServSuccess Materials

ServSuccess was introduced last year by the National Restaurant Association. It is a stackable foodservice industry credential. The entry level certification is Certified Restaurant Professional (CRP). In the perfect world (which we do not live in), the COA will unlock the CRP. We do intend to submit the CRP for DOE’s 2022-2023 CAPE list. Individuals must have 400 hours of industry experience and be SafeStaff foodhandler certified to be eligible to sit for the CRP. No training is required but five modules are offered.

If you would like to take the courses and/or the exam, email Amy Parker to let her know and she will get you signed up for free!

The link below will provide you with additional information on CRP.

https://servsuccess.com/crp

Congratulations to Emmanuelle Suarez, ProStart teacher at Lake Worth High School, and Kim Westrom, ProStart teacher at Port Charlotte High School for being the first Florida ProStart teachers to earn their CRP Certification!


ProStart Teacher Training Institute

The FRLAEF will be conducting two Teacher Training events during summer 2022. Training will be held at the Keiser University Sarasota campus and at UCF Rosen in Orlando. Both events will begin on Tuesday evening and conclude at Friday lunch.

PROGRAM COST

The FRLAEF will cover the cost of all Florida ProStart instructors who will be teaching the ProStart curriculum during the 2022-2023 school year. Attendees will be responsible for their travel and some meals.

REGISTRATION

Online registration will begin Spring 2022.