Summer Institutes

Registration for the 2017 Summer Institutes is now closed. Please contact Heather Ratner with any questions. 

2017 Cancellation Policy may be found here

During NRAEF Summer Institutes, educators have the opportunity to:

  • Work towards earning the NRAEF Certified Secondary Foodservice Educator certification
  • Learn from faculty composed of nationally-recognized content experts
  • Network among peers
  • Tour restaurant and foodservice facilities
Here is what some of the ProStart educators had to say:

“This is the second Summer Institute I attended and I found each of them to make a tremendous impact on my teaching.” - Delaine Stendahl, 2014 Level 2 participant

“As a culinary educator, more importantly a ProStart culinary educator, I can tell you there is nothing more valuable to your professional development than the NRAEF summer institutes!” - Sandra Hawk, 2014 Spotlight Series participant

Level 1 - Basic

Begins with an overview of the restaurant and foodservice industry, and leads into kitchen and management essentials.

Prerequisite: None
Topic Highlights: Food safety, kitchen essentials, stocks, sauces, soups, management essentials

Learn more details about Level 1, including a sample agenda

Level 2 - Advanced

Topics include core culinary techniques, operational excellence, and career basics.

Prerequisite: Level 1 or waiver
Topic Highlights: Meat, poultry, seafood, customer service, fruits and vegetables, purchasing

Learn more details about Level 2, including a sample agenda and the waiver application

Level 3 - Mastery

Level 3 concludes culinary techniques, before branching into timely topics like sustainability and global cuisines.

Prerequisite: Level 1 or waiver, and Level 2
Topic Highlights: Sustainability, Baking, Global Cuisines, Marketing

Learn more details about Level 3, including a sample agenda

Spotlight Series

Content is determined by the host school, and is timely and topical.

Prerequisite: Level 1 or waiver, Level 2, and Level 3
Previous Spotlight Series Topics: Greening your kitchen, Farm-to-plate menus, Artisan bread baking, Coffee roasting, Pastry, Chocolate

Learn more details about the Spotlight Series, and the 2017 session information