Polaris Career Center culinary instructor, Chef Chris Olszewski, (Chef O) was honored as the 2018 Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) Educator of the Year at the ORA Industry Awards Celebration on January 28. Chef O has fostered an environment of respect, passion and opportunity for his students, and this video shows how he shapes today’s students into tomorrow’s workforce. Click to view video.
Annually, Ohio ProStart offers a variety of scholarships for its students. The 2018-19 application is now available online and the application deadline is February 28, 2018.
There are three college specific scholarship opportunities available to students for Columbus State Community College, Cuyahoga Community College and The Ohio State University Hospitality Program. If you will be attending any of these schools, please remember to list which school you will be attending on the application to be eligible.
Looking for ProStart Alumni to apply for the Roy and Monica Getz ProStart Alumni Scholarship. Now in its second year, this scholarship award is open to any past ProStart student that is seeking to further their education in a culinary related field, regardless of when they graduated from the Ohio ProStart program.
Join us on February 24 & 25, when ProStart student teams from around Ohio compete for top honors and a chance to go on to the National ProStart Invitational. The culinary competition consists of preparing a three course meal in 60 minutes or less on a butane burner with no access to electricity or running water. The management competition tests the student's creativity of developing a start up restaurant concept complete with interior design, staff uniforms, menu pricing and marketing plan. The 2nd annual Burger Battle has one and student teams preparing their tastiest burger creations for a panel of industry judges. And one ProStart educator will be awarded the Teacher of Excellence award.
The Prostart Invitational will he held at the Crowne Plaza North, 6500 Doubletree Ave, Columbus, OH 43229. Registration now open.
3rd Annual Boot Camp Partners Students with Industry Mentors
Almost 90 students and 40 Mentors attended the 3rd Annual ProStart Boot Camp at Columbus State Community College. Culinary students reviewed knife cuts, menu and recipe costing, product check-in procedures and safety and sanitation. Management students shared their creative ideas for a start-up restaurant concept with marketing industry professionals. The student teams named their concept, developed and priced six menu items and then determined which marketing strategies would work best for their concept.
It was an amazing learning experience for the students as well as a rewarding experience for the Mentors as they were able to share their knowledge and inspire the future of our industry.
A very special thank you to our host location, Columbus State Community College who not only provided the venue but breakfast and lunch.
Also, thank you to our Mentors, which included:
ORAEF Office Moves to New Location
ORAEF/Ohio ProStart has a new address: 100 E. Campus View Blvd., Ste. 150, Columbus, OH 43235-4636. The phone number is the same 614.246.0220 as is the fax number 614 442 3550.
Lancaster High School Team Places First
Student teams 30 minutes to cook and prepare their best burger creation on butane burners without the use of water or electricity atthe first event ProStart Capital City Burger Battle at the Ohio State Fair. Ohio High Point Career Center, Ponitz Career and Technology Center, and Lancaster High School all had multiple student teams compete. The third place burger, West Coast Burger included kale, sliced mushrooms, barbeque sauce, avocado slices and Provolone cheese was prepared by Jake Glenaman. The Island Burger placed second and included smoked cheddar cheese, spam, and lettuce on a Challah bun prepared by Thomas Anders and Rebekah Steelman. The winning burger, the Hawaiian Burger took top honors with its combination of pineapple slices, teriyaki sauce, red onion, Provolone cheese as well as secret ingredient for added flavor on a Challah bun prepared by Hannah Glenn and Morgan Philbrick. Thank you to the Ohio Beef Council for sponsoring this event.
Photos from top three team burgers from the competition:
Polaris Career Center Wins Back-to-Back National ProStart Invitational Culinary Championships
Polaris Career Center's culinary team captured top honors for the second consecutive year at the recent National ProStart Invitational in Charleston, South Carolina. They competed against 48 other teams and emerged victorious with their appetizer of seared Foie Gras, entree of Ohio lamb loin topped off with a salted caramel Gainduja mousse for dessert.
Penta Career Center competed in the management portion of the competition and placed in the top ten with their Sprouts start up restaurant concept. View video from the competition and the Ohio teams that competed. Click here to check out the top five management and culinary teams from the National competition.
We are so very proud of our students and their educators on their recent accomplishments. Congratulations!
$50,000 in Ohio ProStart Scholarships awarded
Twenty four fortunate and talented ProStart graduating seniors received $50,000 in scholarships awards at this year's Celebration of the Stars banquet. Thank you to our many generous scholarship donors as we greatly appreciate your continued support.
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Ohio ProStart® has launched, ProStart Job Board. This program is designed to offer ProStart students access to various careers in the foodservice industry or a summer job before continuing their education. Employers are encouraged to submit job openings online at no cost.
ProStart® National Certificate of Achievement (COA) credential