On May 7, twenty-one ProStart students were awarded almost $50,000 in scholarships. Thank you to our generous scholarship donors and to our presenting sponsors which include:
ORAEF partners with Mid-Ohio Foodbank
The Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation (ORAEF) is partnering with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to raise awareness for hunger in Central Ohio. We are asking restauranteurs to participate in a one day event, Food Fights Hunger on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 and share a 5% portion of your proceeds to benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and ORAEF/Ohio ProStart.
Participating restauranteurs will receive an informational packet complete with event flyer, tent cards and guest check inserts to promote their participation. Additionally, a social media kit will be available to promote your participation and to increase awareness and drive traffic for the event. Food Fights Hunger participants will be listed on the ORAEF and Mid-Ohio Foodbank websites. An extensive social media campaign for the event will be launched. Our restauranteurs are so generous and community focused and this event will combine the best of your efforts for a very worthwhile cause. For additional event details or to register to participate, please use this link, www.midohiofoodbank.org/foodfightshunger.
Participating companies, include:
Barcelona Brezel Chicky Chicky Waffle Lemongrass Fusion Bistro North High Brewing Nothing Bundt Cakes: Columbus-Gahanna Bakery
Pitabilities Roosters Sweet Carrot The Daily Growler The Tasty Good LLC Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Craft Brewery & Restaurant
Normandy High School captures top honors in culinary and burger competitions; Centerville High School places first in management
The 16th Annual Ohio ProStart Invitational presented by Gordon Food Service on February 24 & 25 was one of the closely contested competitions in years. The culinary, management and burger battle students brought their A game to the 2-day competition and showed how really talented and exceptional they are.
Normandy High School captured the culinary honors by preparing a steamed Chilean Sea Bass entree and pan seared duck breast appetizer. Centerville High School placed first with their start up restaurant concept, J's Little Diner, a casual 40's themed throwback, open 24/7. In the 2nd annual Burger Battle competition sponsored by the Ohio Beef Council, Normandy High School won first place with their Bahn Mi Burger, a pan seared Lemongrass Beef Patty with Asian pickled slaw and special sauce on a steamed sweet Hawaiian roll. Day One Competition Photos Day Two Competition Photos Click here for additional Invitational results.
Chef O named Educator of Excellence Award by NRAEF
Chef Chris Olszewski aka Chef O won his second Ohio ProStart Teacher of Excellence award at this year's ProStart Invitational. By receiving this honor, his application was then submitted for consideration and approved for the Educator of Excellence Award presented by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF). He will be honored on May 17 in Chicago along with other educators from around the country. Then two lucky educators from this field of candidates will be chosen to receive the James Maynard award and associated prizes.
In January of this year, Polaris ProStart educator, Chef Chris Olszewski, (Chef O) was honored as the 2018 Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) Educator of the Year at the ORA Industry Awards Celebration. 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.
Need student teams to compete at the Capital City Burger Battle at the Ohio State Fair
The 2nd annual Capital City Burger Battle sponsored by the Ohio Beef Council will take place at a summer tradition, the Ohio State Fair on Sunday, July 29.
Ohio ProStart juniors and seniors are eligible to compete for cash prizes and scholarship awards along with the coveted golden burger trophy. Participants will receive fair tickets.
A team can consist of one or two students. See who will prepare the tastiest burgers in Ohio. Interested educators, please email Ethomas @ohiorestaurant.org to participate. Call 877.442.9374 with any questions.
Shop to support Ohio ProStart
When you shop at Amazon.com and Kroger you can help support Ohio ProStart.
You can also register your Kroger Plus card at www.Kroger.comand select #21287 for our program and a portion of the proceeds will go to ORAEF.
Lancaster High School team Places First in Summer edition of Burger Battle
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!
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