ProStart NewsBites October 2017






ProStart Culinary Team Competitions

The 18th Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competitions will take place Saturday, March 3 – Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.

On Saturday, March 3, half of the Culinary Teams and Management Teams will compete along with all Edible Centerpiece teams. On Sunday, March 4, the remaining Culinary and Management teams will compete along with all of the Waiter Relay Teams. The competition will be followed by an awards dinner at the Rosen Plaza Hotel the evening of March 4.

STIPEND FOR COMPETING SCHOOLS   The FRLAEF will provide stipends to offset the cost of participating in the event. The stipend amount will be announced when the number of competing teams is finalized.

RULES  The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) has not released the rules to the Culinary and Management Competitions.  Since Florida’s Culinary and Management Competitions mirror the national rules, we can not release the Florida competition rules until NRAEF has released the national rules.  The Waiters Relay and the Edible Centerpiece competitions are unique events to Florida.

HOTEL  The Rosen Plaza Hotel will be the host site for the 2018 ProStart Culinary Team Competitions.  The room rate at the Rosen Plaza is $129 per night.

To reserve hotel rooms, use THIS LINK or contact the Rosen Plaza at 800-627-8258 and reference the FRLAEF ProStart Competition Salute to Excellence.  The deadline to make hotel reservations is Wednesday, January 31, 2018.  However, go ahead and make your reservation while there is room.  If you wait, the hotel may be full.

PARTICIPATION  CLICK HERE for the competition application. The application deadline is Friday, October 13, 2017. Applicants will be notified their status by Friday, October 20, 2017.

NRAEF Data Collection — HAPPENING NOW!

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) will continue its ProStart Data Collection this year. The survey is managed by Westat.  An email from went out to all Florida ProStart schools on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. The email contains a password unique to your program so you must have the email to complete the survey..

Once you complete the survey, the FRLAEF will send you an email where you can request $350 worth of free foodsafety materials. These are on a first-come, first served basis, so complete your NRAEF survey as soon as possible.

If you did not receive your email from, check your junk or spam folder. If it is not there, please let us know and we will have them resend it.

ServSafe 7th Edition Instructor Resources

As of this date, ServSafe is not offering the 7th ed. Instructor Resources for purchase.

If you are a registered ServSafe Dual Role Instructor/Proctor, you can access the Instructor Resources for free HERE.

There are two ways to become a Dual Role Instructor/Proctor:

  • Pass the INSTRUCTOR version of the ServSafe exam


  • If you took another version of the exam (English or Spanish), you have to wait 90 days after your exam, then you can apply for the Dual Role

If you took a ServSafe test with the FRLAEF at any point, you took the INSTRUCTOR version, so you are eligible to register as a DUAL Role Instructor/Proctor.

Mini Grants Awards–Delayed

The Mini Grants have not been awarded yet. The FRLAEF Board was scheduled to meet on September 11 during the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show.  However, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show which was postponed due to Irma. The FRLAEF board will now meet on October 11 to determine the Mini Grant awards. We will notify those that applied of their status no later than October 20, 2017.

FRLAEF ProStart Regional Workshops–Registration Continues!

The FRLAEF is offering six ProStart Regional Workshops this fall. ProStart teachers may bring up to five students to each event. There is no fee to attend a ProStart Regional Workshop. Lunch will be provided for all attendees at each event. Chef coats will be given to all participating ProStart students at each event. Travel to and from events is on your own.

If a ProStart Regional Workshop reached maximum capacity prior to the deadline, all subsequent schools will be placed on the waiting list. Most events begin at 8:30 am and conclude no later than 2:00 pm.

Please do not register for more than one event. We only have space for first-time attendees at each event, so register for the event you are most interested in attending. If you are interested in another event, let us know and we will send you the link for the Waiting List.

CLICK HERE to go to the Regional Workshop page.

SafeStaff Patches Now Available!

Lake Minneola ProStart teacher Nick Sandora was looking for a way to recognize his ProStart students who have passed SafeStaff.  He asked us about SafeStaff patches to give to students who earn the SafeStaff certification.  We were able to have some created and now have them available for all interested schools.

The complimentary SafeStaff patches are now available on a first come, first served basis.  Each school may request up to 20 SafeStaff patches. Please email Amy Parker at to make your request.

The patches may be ironed or sewn on

St. Lucie County Now Hiring

There is a Culinary Arts Instructor Opening at Fort Pierce Westwood High School in St. Lucie County.  The teaching position is for a full time culinary arts instructor.  The program has an excellent reputation in the community and with local business partners.  For more information contact Michael Carbenia at St Lucie Public Schools or (321) 720-0648.

Newly Renovated or Remodeled?

If you have newly renovated or remodeled your school kitchen and would be willing to share pictures and ideas, please let us know!  We have a school that is about to start the process and would like ideas from others.

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 2017-2018 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.

Foundations Second Edition Now Available

The 2nd edition of Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts is now available for purchase. To learn more about the second edition, access select resources or to make a purchase, go to

The following resources are available for your reference:

o   Table of Contents with Learning Objectives for Level 1 and Level 2 can be downloaded here.

o   Dedicated site for Correlations:

o   Foundations 2E Overview PowerPoint

How to Order, Receive a Quote and Foundations 2nd edition. Pricelist

o   Orders can now be placed directly on

o   Quotes can be created online.

o   *If your organization is tax exempt, please provide your tax exempt ID form. Otherwise, tax will be charged at the rate consistent with the zip code of the shipping address.  

eBook Demo Request, Purchase Orders, and Exam Exchanges:

o   Submit Requests for demo eBook access keys or demos through

o   Purchase orders can be submitted to:

o   Request for exchanging 1st edition exams to 2nd edition exams should be sent via email with the Subject “Exam Exchange” to for processing.

Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner

The Salute to Excellence Awards will take place on Sunday, March 4, 2018 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 December 2017.

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.

Complimentary ProStart Scantrons

The FRLAEF will distribute over $25,000 worth of free ProStart Exam Scantrons to Premier and Full ProStart schools during the 2017-2018 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.


The FRLAEF will award $44,000 in scholarships during the 2017-2018 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 22nd Annual ProStart Teacher Training Institute will take place in June 17-22, 2018. 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 2017-2018 school year. Attendees will be responsible for their travel and some meals.


Online registration will begin Spring 2018.