Training the future of the hospitality industry
ProStart® is a career-building program for high school students interested in culinary arts and restaurant and foodservice management. Over a two-year period, students study in the classroom, participate in mentored work experiences, and test their skills in local and national competitions. ProStart curriculum blends together culinary and management skills, helping students grow into the leaders our industry needs.
With local and national support (see Honor Roll of Donors) from industry members, educators, state associations and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), ProStart reaches more than 90,000 students in 1,700 high schools across 47 states - fostering prosperity in the restaurant industry by developing the next generation of industry leaders. Learn how ProStart provides students a platform to discover new interests and talents and open doors for fulfilling careers (see video).
Every spring students put their skills to the ultimate test at the Oregon ProStart High School Culinary Championships, vying for a spot at the National ProStart® Invitational and a chance to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships. On February 16, 2013, the team from Seaside High School took first place in the statewide event. See the results and read the press release.
Oregon ProStart® News
Tualatin High School culinary contest judged by Food Network's Maneet Chauhan (5.10.13)
Teen cuisine: High school chefs compete under pressure (5.8.13)
Seaside Team Shows Valiant Effort at Nationals (4.23.13)
Tualatin High team finishes third (The Oregonian 3.5.13)
On the podium: Top high school chefs (The Oregonian 2.25.13)
Seaside Culinary Arts Students bring home State Championship (Seaside Signal 2.20.13)
N. Eugene Chefs Win "Best Knife Skills" (KEZI 2.19.13)
Oregon student chefs cook up seriously sophisticated meals (The Oregonian 2.16.13)
Culinary contest a race to fine taste (Register-Guard 2.16.13)
Willamette Culinary Students to Compete (KEZI 2.14.13)
Students Chefs Flourish at Statewide Culinary Event (ORLA 2.16.13)
Statewide Event Showcases Future Workforce (January 2013)
South Salem High School's Student Chefs Excel (May 2012)
High School Chefs: 'You Have to Know What You Are Doing' (Feb. 2012)
N. Eugene Senior is Named Student of the Year (Feb. 2012)
South Salem H.S. Takes Top Honors at ProStart Championships (Feb. 2012)
Oregon H.S. Students Compete for Top Chef Honors - The Oregonian (Feb. 2012)
Statewide Culinary Event to Showcase Oregon’s Future Workforce (Feb. 2012)