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Hone your culinary and restaurant management instruction skills.

The NRAEF's Summer Institutes are now digital! These online courses offer educators the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized faculty, network with peers and obtain continuing education credits to strengthen their foodservice education skills. With in-depth demonstration and lecture instruction, educators learn how to apply their course's takeaways to their own classrooms.

Registration for the 2021 Summer Institutes is now closed. If you have any questions regarding your registration, please email us at

Summer Institutes 2021 Course Details


2021 Participating Sites

To prioritize the safety of all our participating educators and hosts due to the continuing concerns regarding COVID-19, the NRAEF will offer Summer Institutes 2021 through a digital learning platform.

While educators won’t be traveling to our partner post-secondary institutions, all your favorite instructors are still participating! Join a Summer Institutes course online for lectures and demonstrations from a variety of past hosts.

Check back soon for host list. 

Digital Course Features

Attendees will have access to an interactive digital learning platform that allows for:

  • Self-paced learning and review of instructional curriculum, video demonstrations, lectures and supplemental materials

  • Real time connection, collaboration and networking with peer educators

  • Live office hours with our post-secondary instructors to ask questions regarding the self-paced materials

  • A digital exam


How to Register

Registration will be open from Tuesday, March 9th through Tuesday, May 18th, 2021.  Educators may register for digital access to a Level 1, 2, or 3 course. Each course will be offered across the following four weeks: 

  • Sunday, June 13th – Friday, June 18th, 2021

  • Sunday, June 20th – Friday, June 25th, 2021

  • Sunday, July 11th – Friday, July 16th, 2021

  • Sunday, July 18th – Friday, July 23rd, 2021


To accommodate the shift to digital learning, registration costs this year have been lowered to $400.00 for Levels 1-3.

Educator Grants and Spotlight Series courses are not available for the 2021 program. 

Summer Institutes 2021 Course Levels

Learn more about each course level and view sample agendas below.

LEVEL 1 - Beginner

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

Prerequisite: None. Educators can waive out of Level 1.

View sample Level 1 agenda

Download Level 1 waiver

LEVEL 2 - Advanced

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

Prerequiste: Completion of Level 1, or level 1 waiver.

View Sample Level 2 Agenda

Download level 1 waiver


LEVEL 3 - Mastery

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 1 or waiver, and Level 2.

Concludes culinary techniques, before branching into timely topics like sustainability and global cuisines.

View sample Level 3 agenda

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Summer Institutes?

Summer Institutes provide technical and professional instruction for restaurant and foodservice educators. The goal is to provide educators with a digital forum to learn cutting-edge skills they can apply to the classroom and offer an opportunity to network with teachers from across the country, share best practices and expand classroom-learning activities. These week-long, intensive online workshops are delivered by industry experts from post-secondary institutions across the country.

Who can attend?

Any secondary-level educator teaching foodservice, culinary education, and/or restaurant management programs. Typically, attending educators are Career and Technical Education (CTE) or Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) instructors seeking to improve their skillsets to bring back to the classrooms.

What is the cost to attend?

Registration for Summer Institutes Levels 1-3 is $400.00 and includes:

  • Summer Institutes level-specific curriculum
  • Video lecture and demonstration content
  • Live office hours with your post-secondary instructors
  • Supplemental instruction resources and materials
  • Access to the digital learning platform and exam
  • Virtual opening reception and orientation
  • 26 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) certified by the American Culinary Federation
  • Certificate of Completion from NRAEF

Please note: The course can be conducted from anywhere with an internet connection; therefore, no additional costs are covered by the Registration fee. 

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