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Feeding Dreams. Building Futures.

ProStart® is a nationwide, two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders.

What is Prostart?

ProStart is the career-building program for high school students who are interested in culinary arts and restaurant and foodservice management. Throughout an exciting two-year period, they study in the classroom, participate in mentored work experiences, and test their skills in local and national competitions. Most importantly, ProStart students grow into the leaders our industry needs.

Who ProStart Benefits

ProStart is an excellent career starter for high school students, an exciting teaching opportunity for educators, a truly rewarding experience for ProStart coordinators, a chance to share practical knowledge for mentors, and a smart investment in the future for ProStart partners. High school and collegiate educators are shaping the future of the industry; they are passionate and dedicated individuals who provide the knowledge, demonstrate the skills and share the experience needed to be a professional in the restaurant and foodservice industry. The NRAEF provides current industry professionals with access to educational opportunities and tools designed to elevate their careers and keep them on top of the latest restaurant and foodservice trends.

In Virginia Alone
ProStart Reaches

3,900 students

55 high schools

75 educators

Why ProStart Matters

From 2008 to 2018, the number of jobs in the restaurant and foodservice industry is projected to increase by 2 million. That includes approximately 47,000 management positions. But ProStart is answering the challenge. The National Restaurant Association Education Foundation's ProStart program reaches more than 95,000 students at 1,900 high schools across the U.S. For 15 years, ProStart has been providing high school students with the training they need to be successful in the restaurant industry.

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