The ProStart Program

Feeding Dreams. Building Futures.


ProStart® is a nationwide, two-year high school program that reaches nearly 140,000 students in more than 1,800 high schools across 50 states, Guam and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Europe and the Pacific. 

 From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart’s industry-driven curriculum provides real-life experience opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime.

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ProStart Certificate of Achievement

Students who have completed the requirements of the Prostart program are awarded an industry-recognized certificate - the Prostart National Certificate of Achievement.

Students who receive the certificate are eligible for NRAEF scholarship opportunities and course credits at some of the country's leading hospitality and culinary arts colleges and universities. 

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Your restaurant career starts with ProStart

The ProStart program can give you a jump start to your restaurant or foodservice career. Learn the basics like knife skills and food costing in your ProStart class and gain real-world experience with a restaurant job. 

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Guy Fieri Talks ProStart

Chef and restaurateur Guy Fieri talks about the benefits of the ProStart program and what it means for students interested in restaurant and foodservice careers. 

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Teaching ProStart how to succeed in restaurants

ProStart educators provide students with the education they need to enter into a successful foodservice career. 

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National ProStart Invitational

The National ProStart Invitational (NPSI) is the country’s premier secondary school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts.

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ProStart State and National Competitions

See the future of the industry in action. State competitions begin in January.
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ProStart students make great hires

Connecting industry with ProStart students is integral to the program's success. 

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ProStart News

ProStart Student Wins $5,000 On The Rachael Ray Show.

California ProStart student competed in the "Cook Your Way to Culinary School" competition on the Rachael Ray Show and took home a $5,000 scholarship.

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ProStart Lands in Washington, DC

The NRAEF and the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) and Educated Eats celebrate the arrival of ProStart, to the District of Columbia.

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Creativity, Skill and Determination Pay Off Big for Winners of the 17th Annual National Prostart Invitational – First Place Culinary Team Herndon Career Center in Missouri; First Place Restaurant Management Team Wilbur Cross High School in Connecticut

Meet the 2018 winners of the National ProStart Invitational.

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