Universal Orlando’s Handheld Food Competition–Deadline November 11!
FRLA and UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality are excited to announce Universal Orlando’s Handheld Food Competition. This event will take place in three stages with the winning item being sold in one of Universal Orlando’s properties. The first stage of the event will consist of teams submitting their menus and recipes. The top ten entries will then be selected to compete in-person at UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality. The third and final stage of the competition will be the top three teams from the UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality event competing at Universal Orlando with the winning item being selected.
The competition space and equipment available may change with each stage of the competition as the teams may be working in the kitchens at UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality and Universal Orlando. For the first stage, you may use any equipment you want. For each subsequent stage, we will have conversations about the equipment provided vs the equipment needed. We should be able to accommodate any equipment needed.
Stage One: All entry paperwork due by November 11, 2022 (CLICK HERE FOR REQUIRED TEMPLATES)
Stage Two: Top 10 selected teams to Orlando on January 24, 2023
Stage Three: Top 3 selected teams cook and present handheld in Orlando on Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Please do not post nor share these UCF UO Handheld Competition Rules with anyone outside the FL ProStart community and students. Universal Orlando is currently updating the communication guidelines for this contest, and we are awaiting approval to share outside the FL ProStart community.
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NRAEF Data Collection Survey–Closes This Month
The NRAEF Data Collection Survey is open until November 22, 2022. If you have not completed your survey, please take a couple minutes to do so. If you are unable to access your survey, please email Amy Parker at aparker@FRLA.org to expedite access to the survey.
The FRLAEF requires all Premier and Full ProStart schools to complete the survey as part of their yearly contract.
Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Stuart Gray, Teacher of the Year at Bayside High School in Brevard County. Stuart has been teaching ProStart for over 20 years and is a former ProStart Teacher of the Year.
New to the 8th Edition Coursebook + Exam View Files (New!)
The 8th edition has been revised so students at all experience levels will be successful in the course. Expanded content and examples help learners to better understand unfamiliar concepts. New online learning tools will enable students to master and retain the vast amount of information they are expected to know. Academic students using ServSafe Coursebook 8e are better supported than ever as they prepare to take the ServSafe Exam.
ServSafe Coursebook Features
• Up-to-date thorough coverage of topics in the ServSafe exam including the latest FDA Food Code content
• Scenarios, case studies, and contemporary examples of food safety concerns throughout the text to engage students, prepare them for learning, and help them see real world implications
• A contextual framework for core topics to better support learners and help them understand the importance of each topic and how it all fits together
• New to the 8th edition: Knowledge checks added at end of each section designed to help students and instructors quickly assess understanding and retention of key concepts
• New to the 8th edition: “In the Operation” boxes in each chapter provide examples of real-world application of food safety content and combine related material from other areas within the chapter and book. In the Operation boxes cover equipment, roles, processes, and other foundational information about the workings of a restaurant and a professional kitchen
• End of chapter review questions and activities to assess student understanding and reflect upon areas where additional study is required
Access Free Instructor Resources
If you are a ServSafe Dual Role Instructor/Proctor, you may access free Instructor Resources for the 8th ed. Coursebook at www.servsafe.com under:
COMPREHENSIVE ANCILLARIES FOR SERVSAFE COURSEBOOK 8TH EDITION – In your Instructor Resources
Linked to ServSafe Coursebook 8th Edition Ancillary – This is file download, and each chapter has an Instructor guide – that is where you can fine the learning objectives.
You can also find resources such as PPTs, Videos, etc. labeled under 16hrs course.
More information on the 8th ed. may be FOUND HERE.
If you are not yet a Dual Role Instructor/Proctor, scroll down for those instructions.
Exam View Files (New)
If you have upgraded to 8th edition Coursebook, Dave Mason, ProStart teacher at Niceville High School worked with the Exam View team to converted the test files from the online Instructor resources to question banks so that they can save them to exam view and develop or scramble the questions for the quizzes. Everyone will need to go to their question bank folder (NOT the test folder) and save them there. Please contact us if you would like the Exam View files.
UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Open House
Friday, February 17
The Rosen Open House events are targeted towards prospective students and their parents/families. If you wish to bring a group of students to visit the Rosen College Campus, group tours are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the semester and must be book a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the visit date. Dates fill up quickly so you are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a date as soon as possible.
Registration is open for the February 17, 2023 date at this time. Here is the link for more information and registration: https://hospitality.ucf.edu/open-house-at-rosen/
Free ACF Webinars
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.
Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner
The Salute to Excellence Awards will take place on Sunday, March 5, 2023 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 2023.
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 ProStart Scantrons
The FRLAEF will distribute over $25,000 worth of free ProStart Exam Scantrons to Premier and Full ProStart schools during the 2022-2023 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). 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.
The FRLAEF will award at least $50,000 in scholarships during the 2022-2023 school year. These scholarships will be awarded during the Salute to Excellence Awards in the Spring. The scholarship application will be available in January.
The FRLAEF will conduct two ProStart Teacher Training events during summer 2023. Training will be held at the Keiser University Sarasota campus and at UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality in Orlando. Both events will begin on Tuesday evening and conclude at Friday lunch.
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.
Online registration will begin Spring 2023.
Become a Dual Role ServSafe Instructor/Proctor
A Dual Role ServSafe Instructor/Proctor has access to all the free resources on the ServSafe website. If you passed the Instructor version of the ServSafe exam, you may apply for Dual Role status right away. If you took the English version of the exam, you may still become Dual Role, you just have to wait 90 days after you passed your ServSafe exam.
To become a Dual Role Instructor/Proctor, go to www.servsafe.com, login, and then click on Instructors/Proctors. Under Register/Renew click on Register and go from there. If you are already a ServSafe Proctor, you will be unable to become a Dual Role Instructor/Proctor until your Proctor status expires. You may also call ServSafe at 800-766-2122 and they may be able to reset your account so you can apply for Dual Role.