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ProStart Champions To Be Showcased at NRAEF's 25th Anniversary Salute to Excellence

(Chicago) In recognition of their remarkable achievement of winning both the culinary and management competitions at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's (NRAEF) recent National ProStart Invitational, California's Newport Harbor High School students will be featured guests at the NRAEF's 25th Anniversary Salute to Excellence celebration this month.

 

Contact: Jessica Wion (312) 715-5397


(Chicago) In recognition of their remarkable achievement of winning both the culinary and management competitions at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's (NRAEF) recent National ProStart Invitational, California's Newport Harbor High School students will be featured guests at the NRAEF's 25th Anniversary Salute to Excellence celebration this month.

Newport Harbor High School's winning teams will demonstrate their skills in a showcase before a gathering of industry leaders at the NRAEF's premier fundraising event, which will be held Saturday, May 21, at the Hilton Chicago.

"These teams of students proved to be outstanding future professionals in a very competitive field at the National ProStart Invitational," said Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO, National Restaurant Association and NRAEF. "We are thrilled to have them join us at Salute to Excellence, where they will have yet another chance to display their passion for the restaurant and foodservice industry and build valuable connections. These talented young people are our future industry leaders, and it is our honor to celebrate the power ProStart has to cultivating a dedicated future workforce."

To view a video highlighting the 2011 National ProStart Invitational held April 29-May 1 in Overland Park, Kansas, click here.

To download photos of the winning teams, click here.

Fresh off the National ProStart Invitational win, the management team will present its first-place restaurant concept, and the culinary team will be preparing its featured appetizer for Salute to Excellence attendees. All proceeds from the event will benefit ProStart and the NRAEF Scholarship Programs.

In addition to honoring future industry leaders, this year's anniversary event will pay tribute to past NRAEF honorees from the esteemed College of Diplomats, Michael E. Hurst Lifetime Achievement in Education Award recipients, and the Thad and Alice Eure Ambassadors of Hospitality. The NRAEF will also honor Ralph Brennan, president of the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, as the 2011 Ambassador of Hospitality.

This event is made possible by the generous contributions of founding partner The Coca-Cola Company, as well as Ecolab, Inc., McCormick for Chefs, MICROS Systems, Inc., Sweet Street Desserts, Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop, Georgia Pacific Professional, Procter & Gamble Professional, Barilla America, Inc., Nation's Restaurant News and QSR Magazine.

Tickets for Salute to Excellence may be purchased individually, or by a table of ten. To learn more about this event and to purchase tickets, visit www.nraef.org/events/salute or call Shannon Greenfield at (312) 715-6764.

The 25th Anniversary Salute to Excellence will be held on the first day of the 2011 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. The NRA Show is the largest single gathering of restaurant, foodservice and lodging professionals, and will be held May 21-24, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event attracts tens of thousands of attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100+ countries, and showcases more products, services, innovative ideas and other growth opportunities than any other industry event. For more information, visit the Show Web site at www.restaurant.org/show.

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