ProStart NewsBites November 2018

New Global Sponsor!

We are excited to announce a new Global Sponsor, UCF’s Rosen College.  The management competition will officially be titled UCF’s Rosen College Management Competition.  They will also be sponsoring the management team as they advance to the National ProStart Invitational.  Look for more information concerning a UCF Knight during the ProStart Culinary Team Competitions.

NRAEF Data Collection — LAST TWO WEEKS!

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) ProStart Data Collection is ongoing! Each lead teacher was sent an email from on Tuesday, September 18. This email contained a link and a unique code to log in and complete the survey. If a school does not complete the survey, the school is not considered a ProStart school by NRAEF which affects things such as your ability to compete in the National ProStart Invitational  The survey site closes on November 15, so take it now!

A reminder to all Full ProStart schools: in order to retain your Full ProStart status for next year, you MUST complete this survey. It only takes a few minutes!

In return for the benefits and opportunities the FRLAEF gives to Premier and Full ProStart programs, we ask you to complete this survey. Please take five minutes to do this so you may retain your status for next year. After you complete the survey, we will also give you $350 in free foodsafety materials. This benefit is for all survey completers, not just Premier or Full programs.

Some surveys have gone to junk/spam folders. If you are unable to find yours there, please let me know and I will ask Westat to resend it to you.

ProStart Culinary Team Competitions Selected

The 19th Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competitions will take place Friday, March 1 — Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.

The following schools were chosen to compete:

Armwood High School

Avon Park High School

Bartow High School

Bayside High School

Bethlehem High School

Bowers/Whitley Career Ctr

Chipley High School

Coral Gables Senior High

Coral Glades High School

Coral Springs High School

DeLand High School

Dixie M Hollins High School

Dunnellon High School

Durant High School

East Ridge High School

Eastside High School

Eustis High School

Fivay High School

Fort Pierce Central High School

Frank H Peterson Academy

Freedom High School

Frostproof Middle Senior High

Gadsden County High School

Golden Gate High School

Hardee Senior High

Hialeah Gardens High School

Hialeah High School

Holmes County High School

Inlet Grove High School

John A Ferguson Sr. High

JP Taravella High School

Keystone Heights High School

Lake Minneola high school

Leon High School

Leto High School

Manatee High School

Marathon High School

Martin County High School

Nassau County Career Education

Nature Coast Technical High School

North MIami Senior High

Northeast High School

Osceola Fundamental High School

Palatka HIgh School

Plantation High School

Poinciana High School

Port St Lucie High

Ridgeview High School

RIVEROAK Technical College

Seminole High School

South Lake High School

South Plantation High School

Spruce Creek High School

St Lucie West Centennial High School

Stoneman Douglas High School

Strawberry Crest High School

Tarpon Springs High School

Terry Parker High School

Tohopekaliga High School

Wekiva High School

Winter Haven High School

Winter Park High School

Winter Springs High School

Mini Grants

Mini Grant award emails went out on Monday September 10, 2018.  Recipients have until November 30, 2018 to spend their grant money.

Grant items may be purchased in several ways:

  • teacher/school may purchase, send receipts to FRLAEF for reimbursement
  • teacher/school sends invoice directly to FRLAEF to pay
  • teacher sends FRLAEF detailed link to their grant item(s), FRLAEF pays for item(s) online

If you can not find your award email or have questions regarding spending your award, please let us know.

Marriott Info Request + Job Opportunities in Puerto Rico

Marriott is interested in connecting to more ProStart students and schools in Florida. If you are currently working with a Marriott, please let us know! We would like the property name and contact name to share with them.

Marriott is hiring all positions for St. Regis Bahia Beach Puerto Rico. This property is opening in November 2018. If you have former students who may be interested, please pass this information on to them.

CLICK HERE for the Management Positions flyer.

CLICK HERE for the Non-Management Positions flyer.

Culinary Position Open in 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.

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 2018-2019 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.

ACF Scholarship Opportunities

ACF Scholarship Applications for Specific Schools- CIA & JWU

Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner

The Salute to Excellence Awards will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. The awards dinner will recognize all ProStart Competition, Pineapple Award, Scholarship recipients and Hospitality Excellence Awardees. Registration will begin in January 2019.

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.

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.

NRAEF has finally made the 7th edition Instructor tools available! The Instructor USB is $200 if you are interested. It is listed on the price sheet.

Complimentary ProStart Scantrons

The FRLAEF will distribute over $25,000 worth of free ProStart Exam Scantrons to Premier and Full ProStart schools during the 2018-2019 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.

FRLAEF Scholarships

The FRLAEF will award $44,000 in scholarships during the 2018-2019 school year. These scholarships will be awarded during the Salute to Excellence Awards in the Spring. The scholarship application will be available in late Fall.

ProStart Teacher Training Institute–Save the Date

The 23rd Annual ProStart Teacher Training Institute will take place in June 16-21, 2019. 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 2019-2020 school year. Attendees will be responsible for their travel and some meals.


Online registration will begin Spring 2019.