Maryland ProStart 

students participating in prostart

Maryland Prostart National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

is a 2-year high school career training program that teaches culinary techniques and management skills.

Here you'll find program information and specific resources for:
  - Students
  - Teachers
  - Foodservice Professionals

What Is ProStart

ProStart® is a nationwide, two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow's restaurant and foodservice leaders. From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart's industry-driven curriculum provides real-world education and builds practical skills that will last a lifetime.

Over 4,000 students participate in the Maryland ProStart program at 68 Maryland schools. The program includes:

Education and training for hospitality and foodservice industry
Classroom Experience
Students learn fundamental culinary and management skills in the classroom. Many university hospitality programs accept ProStart® courses for college credit.

Work Experience
Industry professionals mentor students on the job to develop their character and teach real-world career skills.

The Maryland ProStart Student Invitational (MPSI) showcases students as they compete in culinary, management and cake decorating competitions.

At the end of the program, ProStart® graduates receive the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement. This certificate recognizes completion of the program and makes students eligible to earn special scholarships and college credit.

for students

for teachers

for professionals

ProStart® students participate in the program as part of their high school curriculum. Resources for students include scholarships, awares and information about culinary colleges and universities.
  - View Resources for Students

ProStart® teachers provide classroom instruction for high school students in the program. Teacher resources include course materials, mentoring, workshops and the ambassador program.
  - View Resources for Teachers

Restaurant and hospitality professionals in Maryland support the program in many ways, including mentoring, fundraising and donating money and products.
  - Learn how to get involved