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 Feeding Dreams. Building Futures.

ProStart® is a nationwide, two year program for high school students that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow's industry leaders. From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart's industry-driven curriculum provides real-world educational opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime.

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s ProStart program unites the foodservice industry and classroom together to offer high school students a platform to discover new interests and talents, while opening doors to fulfilling careers. It all happens through a curriculum that teaches all facets of the restaurant and food service industry, inspires students to succeed, and sets a high standard of excellence for students and the industry.


The New Hampshire ProStart program features:

   Classroom Experience

Students follow a one-of-a-kind, industry-driven curriculum that will teach them fundamental culinary and management skills. Classroom experience provides students with a foundation of important skills that are necessary for success in the industry.

  Industry and Mentored Work Experience

ProStart students are able to put their classroom experiences to work by participating in industry and mentored work experience.

Connecting activities link the student’s education with real industry experience. These experiences could include guest speakers, tours, job shadows, and competitions. In many schools, an Industry Advisory Board guides the connecting activities to ensure they are relevant to today’s industry.

The mentored work experience provides students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on-experience in qualified food service operations with industry professionals. Work experience is guided by supervisors/mentors and the Work Experience Checklist – a comprehensive list of fundamental skills that students learn on-the-job. Student work experience hours may be earned through a combination of after-school and/or summer jobs, school-based enterprises, and service activities such as preparing and serving food at a shelter.

  State and National ProStart Invitational Competitions

ProStart Students are given the opportunity to put their skills to the ultimate test by participating in the State ProStart Competition, which is held annually in the spring. During this intense competition, participating teams demonstrate their creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners, and all without access to running water or electricity. There is no room for error as the teams are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation! At both the state and national level, students compete to win various scholarships, with the winning team moving forward to represent New Hampshire at the National ProStart Invitational.

   ProStart National Certificate of Achievement

Upon completion of the program, ProStart graduates possess a solid foundation for their future careers. The ProStart Certificate of Achievement (COA) is awarded to students who complete both levels of the program, pass the exams, and document at least 400 hours of work experience, through which they have demonstrated workplace competency. Students who receive the ProStart Certificate of Achievement (COA) are eligible for NRAEF scholarship opportunities and course credits at more than 60 of the country’s leading hospitality and culinary arts colleges and universities.

   ProStart Passport

The ProStart Passport Program works with colleges and universities across the country to develop articulation agreements for students who earn the Certificate of Achievement. Please view the National ProStart Collegiate Passport for details and participating institutions.


2017 Competition Wrap-Up: ProStart Start and ProStart National Invitationals

THANK YOU 2017 ProStart Sponsors


 If you are interested in incorporating the ProStart curriculum in your culinary program at your educational institution, please contact Amie Pariseau at or 603-228-9585 for more information.






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New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association

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16 Centre Street, Concord, NH 03301

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