High School Students From 46 States, Territories And Department Of Defense Bases Compete For $3.75 Million In Scholarships At

  High School Students From 46 States, Territories And Department Of Defense
   Bases Compete For $3.75 Million In Scholarships At The National ProStart
                                 Invitational

- National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to Hold 13th Annual
Culinary and Management Competition in Minneapolis, Minn. May 3-5 -

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Restaurant Association
Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is preparing to host the 13^th annual National
ProStart Invitational at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minn. May 3-5. More
than 300 top ProStart students from 46 states, territories and Department of
Defense bases will demonstrate their mastery of restaurant leadership skills –
culinary and management – in a fast-paced competition, aiming for a share of
$3.75 million in scholarships.

ProStart Students at the 2013 National ProStart Invitational

A portion of the scholarships awarded will be supported by the BURGER KING
McLAMORE^(SM) Foundation, which will provide 50 student scholarships, one to
each member from the top 10 winning teams. The winners will join a long list
of esteemed students who share the 2014 BURGER KING^(SM) Scholars title.
Scholarships are also offered by major industry employers and renowned
culinary schools including Coca-Cola, Golden Corral, Bloomin' Brands, Georgia
Pacific, The Culinary Institute of America, Le Cordon Bleu, Johnson & Wales
and more.

"The restaurant industry provides opportunities for a wide range of rewarding
careers and, through ProStart, is investing in students to help them achieve
their dreams of working in our industry. The National ProStart Invitational
showcases the critical tie between industry and classroom that makes ProStart
a model for workforce-focused education," said Rob Gifford, executive vice
president, strategic operations and philanthropy for the National Restaurant
Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.
"At the NRAEF, building a pipeline of industry talent is our key imperative,
and with help from our generous sponsors and notable judges at the
invitational, we are creating life-changing experiences that train students
both in the classroom and on the job."

The culinary competition highlights the creative abilities of each team as
they prepare a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners
with no access to running water or electricity. Esteemed judges evaluate the
teams on taste, teamwork, safety and sanitation, among other skills.
Management teams develop a business proposal for an original restaurant
concept and present it to a panel of industry judges. Then, they'll be further
tested to solve the types of challenges restaurant managers face on a daily
basis.

"We are thrilled to be offering our support to the NRAEF which shares our
mission of advancing education," said Jill Granat, president of the BURGER
KING McLAMORE^(SM) Foundation. "The National ProStart Invitational showcases
the next generation of our restaurant industry leaders. We are proud to be a
part of this great educational initiative."

This year's judges include Chef Walter Scheib, former White House executive
chef from 1994 – 2005 who cooked for both President Clinton and President
Bush; Chef Stephen Kalil, PepsiCo corporate research chef; and Chef Maxcel
Hardy, former ProStart student, executive chef and founder of One Chef Can 86
Hunger, among many other prominent industry leaders.

Nearly 1,000 attendees, including industry and academic leaders, NRAEF board
members, state restaurant association representatives, ProStart educators,
friends and family members will be in Minneapolis cheering on the student
competitors.

ProStart is the nation's premier culinary arts and restaurant management
program, utilized in more than 1,700 high schools in 48 states, Guam and on
U.S. military bases and reaching nearly 100,000 secondary students annually.
Administered by the NRAEF, ProStart prepares young people to pursue additional
studies or enter a rewarding career in the foodservice sector. Many
post-secondary schools in the nation recognize ProStart's Certificate of
Achievement, which is awarded to students who complete both levels of the
program and at least 400 hours of work experience, and reward them with
scholarships and credits.

For additional details about the National ProStart Invitational in
Minneapolis, Minn. May 3-5, visit: http://www.nraef.org/ProStart/Invitational.

For more information on the ProStart program, visit NRAEF.org/ProStart or find
us on Twitter or Facebook.

About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation:

As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the
NRAEF exists to enhance the restaurant industry's service to the public
through education, community engagement and promotion of career opportunities.
The NRAEF works to attract, develop and retain a career-oriented professional
workforce for the restaurant industry. The restaurant and foodservice industry
comprises 980,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more
than 13 million employees, making it one of the nation's largest employers.
For more information on the NRAEF, visit NRAEF.org.

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SOURCE The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF)

Website: http://www.nraef.org/prostart
 
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