ProStart NewsBites June 2023

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ProStart Teacher Training — See You in a Few Weeks!

Thanks to all who will be joining us for our 26th Annual Teacher Training events this summer!

June 13-16 — UCF Rosen College of Hospitality, Orlando
June 20-23 — Keiser University, Sarasota campus

Agendas and hotel confirmation numbers were emailed out to each attendee on May 17. Please contact us if you did not receive them.

Complimentary ProStart Exam Material

CLICK HERE to order complimentary ProStart exam scantrons or online codes. You do not have to be a Premier or Full ProStart school to take advantage of the free materials.




CLICK HERE for pictures of the top five Culinary Competition team winner’s plates and descriptions on FaceBook.

CLICK HERE for pictures of the top five Management Competition posters on FaceBook.

Rachael Ray Grants Awarded

Congratulations to the following Florida ProStart schools who applied and won a$5,000 Rachael Ray Grant!
Hagerty High School, Matthew Thompson, Ellen Pesce, Mikaela Karr, Instructors
Pepin Academies, Farrol Thomas, Instructor
Ridgeview High School, Amy LaPierre, Charity Fitten, Instructors
Treasure Coast High School, Ryan Lauricella, Instructor
Vernon High School, Laurie Simmons, Instructor
The Rachael Ray Grant is an annual grant application sent out through the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), so be on the lookout next year to apply!

Universal Orlando Internship Program

Last year Universal Orlando launched a Food & Beverage Operations internship program.  This program is designed to give students exposure to high level executives, frontline leaders and team members, and be able to impact and own projects that would otherwise take them years of field experience to achieve. Past interns have done everything from launching and implementing a campus wide mocktail program to helping improve and development new hire training programs.

Universal has expanded the internship program beyond Operations to also include Project Management and Culinary.   Interns will have the opportunity to be inaugural program participants for Universal Food & Beverage Culinary. The program focuses on three key areas: culinary creativity, menu development, and restaurant operations.

Interested applicants must be college students, freshman are acceptable.  For information on specific internship opportunities, click on the link below.  In the blue box is the opportunity to search for Universal Orlando internships.  Please share this information with any past students that may be interested.

Jobs at Universal Orlando Resort (






ProStart & ServSafe News

  • The 3rd edition of the ProStart curriculum, Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts, is currently scheduled to be available for the 2025-2026 school year
  • The 8th edition of the ServSafe Manager book is scheduled to be available after October 1, 2023 which will include the 2022 Food Code updates
  • CLICK HERE for a ServSafe moderated webinar about the 2022 Food Code updates
  • The NRAEF is looking to connect with educators who meet the criteria below. Please let us know if you are willing to work in a focus group about these issues:
    • Work in schools focused on students with disabilities i.e. schools for the deaf
    • Work in classrooms where they have students with IEPs and/or 504 plans

Summer Employment Opportunity

Summer Camp Cooks, a Summer Camp Food Service Management, provides meals for thousands of Campers and Staff over the summer around the USA. They are looking to connect with organizations that would like to provide their members, students, or staff opportunities to work in a quantity cooking environment in the summertime in beautiful camp locations.

Website link:

Here is a website where Chefs can create a profile and see our jobs:

Contact Alex Lagios at (954) 607-2231 for more information.

Hospitality Industry Internships

The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida ProStart & HTM 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, HTM, or HTMP curriculum during the 2022-2023 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.

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). Individuals must have 400 hours of industry experience along with the ServSafe exam 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.