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FRLAEF Announces Winners of 14th Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competition

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Elizabeth Ray
FRLA Press Secretary
850.224.2250 x255
ERay@FRLA.org


(TALLAHASSEE, FL)—Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Educational Foundation (FRLAEF) today announced the winners of the 14th Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competitions which were held Wednesday, March 5 and Thursday, March 6 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

A total of 60 schools participated in the competition with 16 schools winning top awards throughout the day’s events. More than $800,000 in scholarships was distributed to the winning schools. All participating teams were comprised of high school juniors and seniors that are enrolled in the ProStart curriculum program during the 2013-2014 school year. Teams participated in four competitions which included the Cracker Barrel Management Competition, the Johnson & Wales University Culinary Competition, the Keiser University Edible Centerpiece Competition, and the Coca-Cola Company Waiters Relay Competition.

J. P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs won first place in the overall competition. Tarpon Springs High School took home second place in the overall competition, with Leto High School in Tampa placing third. 

“FRLAEF is the only organization in Florida that offers the ProStart program,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.  “It is designed to increase the quality and employability of today's high school graduates by providing them with school-to-career training and giving them more opportunities for  foodservice and lodging careers,  and higher education.  We congratulate all the winners and participants of the team competitions.”

Overall Competition Winners

First Place: J.P Taravella High School, Coral Springs                 

Scott Goodman, instructor

Second Place: Tarpon Springs High School                                  

Cathleen Ryan, instructor

Third Place: Leto High School, Tampa                                          

Debra Hladky, instructor              

Fourth Place: Sandalwood High School, Jacksonville                  

Kathreen Gross-Dunbar, instructor

Fifth Place: East Ridge High School, Clermont                            

Lucressie McGriff, Ken Pitts, instructors


Cracker Barrel Management Competition

Participating teams demonstrated their knowledge of the restaurant and foodservice industry by developing a business proposal for a new restaurant concept. The business proposal consisted of a defined restaurant concept, supporting menu, and supporting marketing plan. Teams prepared a comprehensive written proposal, verbal presentation and visual display.

First Place: J.P Taravella High School, Coral Springs                               

Scott Goodman, instructor

Second Place: East Ridge High School, Clermont

Lucressie McGriff, Ken Pitts, instructors

Third Place: Tarpon Springs High School                                  

Cathleen Ryan, instructor

Fourth Place: Miami Coral Park High School                                               

Susan Rivera, instructor

Fifth Place: Sandalwood High School, Jacksonville                  

Kathreen Gross-Dunbar, instructor



Johnson & Wales University Culinary Competition

Participating teams demonstrated their creative abilities during the competition through the preparation of a meal consisting of: starter (such as soup, salad or appetizer), protein (such as meat, fish or fowl), starch, vegetable, and dessert.

First Place: Leto High School, Tampa                                      

Debra Hladky, instructor

Second Place: Walter Sickles High School, Tampa                      

Rick Ceglio, instructor

Third Place:  Tarpon Springs High School                                  

Cathleen Ryan, instructor

Fourth Place: Steinbrenner High School, Lutz                             

Philip Meola, instructor

Fifth Place: Lake Worth High School                                        

Emmanuelle Suarez, instructor

                               

Keiser University Edible Centerpiece Competition

Participating teams demonstrated their creative ability during the competition through the preparation of an edible centerpiece consisting of fruits and vegetables. Contestants explained nutritional information, product availability, and preparation techniques.

First Place: Crestview High School                                                              

Paula Knight, instructor

Second Place: Osceola High School, Seminole                                  

Paul Kennedy, instructor

Third Place:  J.P Taravella High School, Coral Springs                   

Scott Goodman, instructor

Fourth Place:  Martin High School, Stuart                                        

Shaun Southwick, instructor

Fifth Place: Tarpon Springs High School                                      

Cathleen Ryan, instructor



Coca-Cola Company Waiters Relay Competition

Participating teams demonstrated their ability to duplicate a table setting while racing against the clock.

First Place: Sandalwood High School, Jacksonville                  

Kathreen Gross-Dunbar, instructor

Second Place:Cypress Creek High School, Orlando                     

Cynda Aron, instructor

Third Place:  George Jenkins High School, Lakeland                  

Brenda Doss, instructor

Fourth Place:  John A. Ferguson Senior High, Miami                   

Janett Toledo, instructor

Fifth Place: Teneroc High School, Lakeland                                             

Jane Urick, instructor


For photos of the event, please click here.

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About FRLA Educational Foundation (FRLAEF)

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association created the Educational Foundation in 1994. FRLAEF administers and executes two high school curriculums ‐ the National Restaurants Association’s (NRA) ProStart and the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AH&LA) Lodging Management Program – in over 240 Florida high schools and provides resources to nearly 25,000 students in these culinary arts and hospitality management programs. Scholarships, Teacher Training Institutes, Industry Certifications, Equipment Mini‐Grants and Industry Internships are just a few of the products and services the FRLAEF provides to these classrooms.

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