The ProStart Program is a 2-year high school culinary training course, taken as an elective class [such as a language or music course]. The program is 350 hours of instruction and 400 hours of an industry work experience. After passing the exams for Year 1, Year 2, and completing the competencies, students receive a certificate from the National Restaurant Association and an opportunity for scholarships. The Nevada Hospitality Foundation implements the program statewide in partnership with the Nevada Restaurant Association. Students learn topics such as: food safety, knife cuts, basic cooking techniques, baking, menu design, basic accounting, costing, and restaurant management.
We are proud to teach this curriculum in 40 schools statewide with over 25,000 students enrolled and counting!
Congratulations to our 2019 Nevada ProStart Champions representing Coronado High School in Management and AACT in Reno for Culinary!
Prostart Mentor Award 2018 The Nevada Restaurant Association Educational Fountation would like to honor a very special mentor, who has supported his students over the past 5 years. The 2017 Mentor of the Year is Jay Rathmann, the mentor for AACT Reno. Jay has been very consistent, supportive and dedicated mentor for AACT's culinary and management teams. Since he started helping out, management teams have achieved greater success and been more dedicated. As a result of the rigorous training, he has even hired several of the team members to work in his restaurants. He has been instrumental in helping raise funds to get to State and & Nationals and has attended every time his students have competed no matter how far away. The Nevada Restaurant Association Education Foundation truly appreciates Chef Jay's continued dedication to the cause and to his students.
Prostart Educator Excellence Award 2018 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. The 2018 Educator of Excellence Award Winners were honored at a gala dinner in Chicago, Illinois in conjunction with the 2018 National Restaurant Association’s Hotel-Motel Show®. The 2018 ProStart Educator Excellence Award for Nevada is Barbara Orrell- North Valley High school. What do ProStart Mentors do? Mentors help in a classroom to teach culinary and management skills through demonstrations and sharing personal stories about the profession. Mentors provide moral and professional support to the instructors as well as the students, and/or coach teams for the state and national culinary competitions. How could YOU help? We encourage you to make a commitment and get involved! Support can take many forms:
Offer tours of your business.
Be a guest speaker in the high schools.
Hire a ProStart student to work at your restaurant.
Provide a student scholarship in your company’s name.
Sponsor a teacher/mentor appreciation luncheon ($500)
Chef Demo for school classroom
Mentor a competition team (visit school once a month Oct.-Feb.).
Sponsor a teacher for the Summer Institute Training ($625)
Sponsor a student/team for the State Competition ($500/student)
Sponsor the Awards Banquet for the State Competition ($5,000)
Sponsor a student/team for the National Culinary Competition ($1,000/student).
E-newsletter sponsorship ($2,500 / 12 issues)
ProStart community involvement Fund ($100)
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