e 2018 Ohio ProStart Golf Outing sponsored by Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern will be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at Fox Meadow Country Club, 4260 Fox Meadow Dr. , Medina, OH 44256. Foursomes and single golfers welcome. Price includes continental breakfast, lunch, beverages and heavy appetizers after a day on the links. Click here to reserve your foursome.
Ohio ProStart, the exclusive industry training program for high school juniors and seniors pursuing food service industry careers, is hosting its second annual golf outing and is in need of golf foursomes, sponsors, and prize donations. Sponsorship packages are available from $500 - $2,500. Golf reservations and sponsorships can also be reserved by emailing Steph Mazzocco at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ohio ProStart appreciates your support.
Southwestern Burger captures 1st Place at the ProStart Capital City Burger Battle
A one-student team from Vanguard Technical Center, Layne Earnest won the coveted Golden Burger trophy for her Southwest Burger which was topped with pepper jack cheese, flavorful zesty sauce served on a Brioche bun that left the judges wanting more.
A one student team from Lancaster High School, Kylie Cain’s The Big Bertha Burger was seasoned with ranch and sweet onions, topped with a special homemade sauce, smoked Bacon and Gouda cheese on a Brioche bun placed second.
The student team from Southwestern Career Academy, Saul Castillo Zepeda and Jefferson Martinez Guerra created The Big Kahuna Burger, a combination of sweet and spicy flavors, covered in Hawaiian pineapple salsa, sweet BBQ, six pepper seasoning topped off with spicy mayo and sweet and spicy onions for a mouthful of fun.
The nine student teams which competed in the Burger Battle made the Ohio ProStart program very proud for their professionalism and for their mouth-watering creations. Thank you to our generous partner, The Ohio Beef Council and to our panel of industry judges.
Ohio ProStart Alumni Spotlight - Tommy Vitatoe
Ohio ProStart is very proud of its graduates and their accomplishments. We are looking to feature former students and share their success stories on the ORAEF website.
Our first ProStart alumni to be featured is Tommy Vitatoe who graduated from the Polaris Career Center in 2017. Vitatoe earned the ProStart industry credential, Certificate of Achievement (COA) which can be used for articulation credit to further his education. He is currently attending Pittsburgh Technical College as a full time culinary student. Recently, he was awarded the Roy and Monica Getz ProStart Alumni Scholarship to further fund his education.
ProStart changed his life as before starting the ProStart program, he had no passion or desire. Through ProStart, he learned what being a part of something was as well as shaping his career path by teaching him to have a strong work ethic. Vitatoe participated in the Management competition at the Ohio ProStart Invitational and won an individual award at the competition.
The advice Tommy would give current ProStart students and fellow Alumni is to take advantage of all the wonderful resources ProStart gives not only during the program, but even after!
The Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation (ORAEF) is partnering with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to raise awareness for hunger in Central Ohio. Our restauranteurs are so generous and community focused and this event, Food Fights Hunger will combine the best of their efforts for a very worthwhile cause. Please visit the participants listed below on Wednesday, June 6 to show your support.
Brezel - North Market Buffalo Wings & Rings Chicky Chicky Waffle Lemongrass Fusion Bistro The Little Kitchen - Food Truck North High Brewing Nothing Bundt Cakes: Columbus- Gahanna Bakery only Over the Counter - Worthington Pattycake Bakery Pies & Pints Pitabilities Roosters Sweet Carrot The Daily Growler - German Village location only The Tasty Good LLC - Food Truck Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Craft Brewery & Restaurant
Celebration of the Stars Banquet
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:
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
Earning the ProStart credential means that this candidate had demonstrated a strong foundation in the basic management and culinary skills considered critical by industry leaders. In addition to passing two important exams offered by the National Restaurant Association, this candidate has completed at least 400 hours of work in the industry and is well-qualified to begin their career.