Our Vision

We ignite passion by welcoming Ohio’s workforce into the Foodservice Community where they can discover a place to develop their skills and connect to enriching careers that can transform lives.  

Our Mission

We train, develop and support Ohio’s hospitality workforce by connecting to opportunities and resources that empower them to build successful Foodservice careers.  

Today’s Students. Tomorrow’s Workforce.

The ProStart® program was developed to increase the quality and employability of today's high school restaurant-management and culinary arts graduates by providing them with essential work related skills, as well as career exploration and the opportunity to seek post secondary education. The ProStart program includes an industry-backed curriculum to teach, test and award industry-recognized credential to students meeting high standards in foodservice and restaurant education.

ProStart is a national two-year curriculum for high school juniors and seniors developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Coupled with relevant work-based experiences, this curriculum enriches, enhances, and reinforces what students learn in the classroom and provides students with opportunities to develop the essential skills critical to their future success. By integrating classroom learning with real world job experiences, ProStart provides students to learn important skills including customer service, leadership, teamwork and responsibility. 

If you are interested in learning more about the ProStart program, please contact Executive Director, Patricia Halper for more detailed information at (877) 442-9374.

Patricia Halper​

Patricia Halper​

Executive Director

Phone: (614) 246-0118

Toll Free: (877) 442-9374

Email: phalper@ohiorestaurant.org

Sonya Delaney

Program & Events Manager

Phone: (614) 246-0220

Email: sdelaney@ohiorestaurant.org