2014 Prostart event

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 95,000 students in 1,900 high schools across 48 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. This past March (2014), the team from Seaside High School took first place in the statewide event - for the second year in a row! See the results.

Oregon ProStart® News

Everyday People: Seaside grad cooks up a career at Job Corps (12.15.14)

ProStart students to be sous chefs at the Northwest Foodservice Show (12.15.14)

Elmer's Restaurants raise funds for veterans programs and ProStart (11.3.14)

South Salem student advances in 'Chopped' tournament (8.6.14)

Tualatin culinary arts students take fifth at Oregon Culinary Championships (3.13.14)

Seaside Wins 2014 Oregon ProStart Culinary Championship (3.4.14)

Seaside claims state culinary crown (3.4.14)

Culinary students compete at state competition (3.4.14)

ProStart alumnus finds success in Bend's restaurant scene (YouTube 2.24.14)

Oregon H.S. Prostart Culinary Students Compete For $180k In Scholarships (2.17.14)

Which Future Culinary Stars Will Represent Oregon? (2.5.14)

North Eugene students up for spots on teen 'Chopped' (1.31.14)

Cuisine artists: At North Eugene H.S., cooking is cool and haute (1.29.14)

Tourism futures: Higher hospitality (1.10.14)

New Programs To Support Culinary Students (9.6.13)

Video: "Culinary Master", South Salem ProStart program teaches practical skills (8.6.13)

Culinary Team Returns from Nationals (5.18.13)

Tualatin High School culinary contest judged by Food Network's Chauhan (5.10.13)

Teen cuisine: High school chefs compete under pressure (5.8.13)

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