ProStart NewsBites June 2019

Florida Placed 2nd & 5th at National ProStart Competition!

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — On May 10, 2019, Dr. Gene Burton College & Career Academy fromRockwall, Texas won first place in culinary arts and Ben Barber Innovation Academy from Mansfield, Texas won first place in restaurant management, beating out global and national ProStart teams and winning the 2019 National ProStart Invitational (NPSI) – the nation’s premier high school culinary arts and restaurant management competition hosted by The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).

“After several years of being hosted in cities around the country, we were excited to bring the National ProStart Invitational to Washington, D.C. this year,” said Rob Gifford, Executive Vice President of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. “Our ProStart students had the opportunity to show off their exceptional skills and compete for scholarships and bragging rights in front of top business leaders, government officials, and industry influencers. We were also thrilled to recognize this year’s top educators in the country with our ProStart Educators of Excellence Awards.”

See below for the top five winning teams in culinary and management:


  1. Dr. Gene Burton College & Career Academy in Rockwall, Texas
  2. Herndon Career Center in Raytown, Missouri
  3. Anderson Career and Technology Center in Williamston, South Carolina
  4. Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne, New Jersey
  5. Leto High School in Tampa, Florida


  1. Ben Barber Innovation Academy in Mansfield, Texas
  2. East Ridge High School in Clermont, Florida
  3. Provo High School in Provo, Utah
  4. Wilson Central High School in Lebanon, Tennessee
  5. Kalamazoo Resa North West in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Florida ProStart Teacher of the Year Wins an NRAEF Award

The NRAEF ProStart National Educator of Excellence Awards (EEA) recognize educators who demonstrate excellence in the classroom and passion, commitment and creativity in all aspects of the ProStart program to help their students make the most of the opportunities that ProStart offers. Their stories inspire ProStart educators and supporters across the globe.

New for 2019, the NRAEF’s ProStart Educators of Excellence Awards, recognizing exceptional ProStart educators in their classrooms, were held in conjunction with the National ProStart Invitational on Friday, May 10th.

Each participating state restaurant association nominates its leading educator who has demonstrated a strong commitment to his or her students and to the ProStart program.

This year, three select educators were recognized in the categories of Classroom Expertise, Best Practice and Knowledge Sharing, and Industry Connections. The winner from each category received $3,500 for their achievement.

Ashley Kurth, Florida ProStart Teacher of the Year, won the Classroom Expertise category and $3,500.

Second Annual Grilled Cheese Competition–Apply Now!

The 2nd Annual Grilled Cheese Competition will take place Monday, September 16, 2019 during the FRLA Show in Orlando. Fifteen ProStart schools will be selected to compete. Teams consist of four students. Grilled cheese sandwiches will be judged on flavor and eye-appeal.

A panel of ACF judges will determine the top three winners. Winning teams will receive prize money–$500 for 1st Place; $250 for 2nd Place; $100 for 3rd Place.

The deadline to apply is August 2, 2019. Applicants will be notified their status no later than August 9, 2019.

CLICK HERE for the application and more information (scroll to bottom at link for flyer).

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will take place Sunday, September 15 and Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. ProStart instructors are welcome to attend free of charge both days of the Show. Below are the guidelines for student attendees.


ProStart students may attend the 2019 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show as long as the guidelines below are followed.  Failure to follow these guidelines could result in expulsion from the Show floor. There is alcohol on the show floor.  Please keep this in mind when selecting your students.

•Attending students must be at least 16 years of age.  Students must provide proof of age when they pick up their name badges.
•There must be one chaperone for every 5 students.  The chaperones must be within eye-sight of the students.  Chaperones must be at least 21 years old.
•No more than a total of 5 students may attend from one school.
•Students and 1 chaperone must walk the show floor together. 
•Students must be dressed in business attire or chef attire.

REGISTER (Use this registration if you would like to attend with students.)

ProStart students and chaperones may attend the show one of the two days (Sunday or Monday).  There is no fee to attend.  To register, complete THIS SPREADSHEET and return to  The spreadsheets will be processed as they are received.  Only a limited number of student spreadsheets will be processed.  Once that number is reached no more spreadsheets will be processed. Spreadsheets must be received no later than August 30, 2019.

TEACHER REGISTRATION FOR SHOW (Use this registration if you would like to attend without students.)

CLICK HERE to receive your complimentary registration. Use Discount Code FRLA.

James Brock Scholarship Application Open Now

In order to be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must:

• Be enrolled at Daytona State College, Florida International University, Florida State University, or University of Central Florida
• Be entering or continuing in a culinary or hospitality post-secondary program — Fall 2019 term
• Return an OFFICIAL transcript to FRLAEF by application deadline

The scholarship amount is based on investment returns and award amounts fluctuate from year to year. The typical scholarship range is $1,000 — $2,500. This is a one-time, non-renewable award.

Application deadline: Friday, July 26, 2019
Applicants notified award status by: Friday, September 20, 2019

CLICK HERE to apply.

First Edition Foundations–Donations Requested

If you are teaching the 2nd Edition of Foundations but still have the 1st Edition Teacher Resources and are willing to donate it, please let us know!

ProStart Teacher Training

The 23rd Annual ProStart Teacher Training Institute will take place in June 16-21, 2019. We will confirm everyone’s attendance this week. If you can no longer attend, please let us know ASAP.

2019 FRLAEF Scholarships

The FRLAEF awarded $92,000 in scholarships during the Salute to Excellence Awards dinner on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. In order to redeem their scholarship, the awardees must provide the FRLAEF with their post-secondary Student ID number and Financial Aid mailing address of the school they will attend. Students must be pursuing a degree in foodservice or hospitality. This information is due no later than June 14, 2019.

HII Application Opens on July 1

If you are interested in completing a Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) during the summer, the application will open up again on July 1, 2019. The HII offers ProStart and HTMP instructors the chance to get experience in the industry and get paid while doing it.

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. At the completion of 40 work hours, the HII participant will complete a Work Activities Report and Restaurant/Hotel Confirmation Form. Once the required paperwork has been processed, the participant will receive a personal check for $600 from the FRLAEF.

Work experience may begin once the applicant receives an award notification from the FRLAEF.

To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the ProStart/HTMP curriculum during the2019-2020 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 also be a new work experience for you, not somewhere you have worked before or used as an HII internship location. If you are awarded an HII and do not complete the required work component, you will become ineligible to receive an internship for the 2019-2020 school year.

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.

Interactive Map of Restaurant & Hospitality Careers

The interactive Career Map illustrates the huge variety of opportunities within hospitality and tourism. Learn more about the industries, job roles, and available training. Select one of the industries below to highlight its career path then click on a job title to learn more about that role. CLICK HERE to view the map.

Florida Restaurant Stats (click to enlarge)








Exam Season is Here

If you are administering the ServSafe or ProStart exams for the first time, or need a refresher, we have resources right here on our website for you!



  • Administer ProStart; This page also contains the steps to earn the ProStart Certificate of Achievement (COA).

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.

Project Taste Test

The National Restaurant Association Foundation, in partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice, is proud to share the seventh Project Taste Test “Servin’ Up Successful Careers” video. 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. Click here to watch PepsiCo’s Project Taste Test video. Educators can access the interactive classroom activity by logging in to educator hub.

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.
  • 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  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 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 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

username: NRA

password: Food21617

**Recording is in the root of the folder**

The recorded webinar covers:

  • Installation/downloading
  • 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.