ProStart Competition Information

MEALS—All meals are on your own (except the Salute Awards dinner, which is complimentary). The Rosen Plaza has on-site dining and there are other restaurant options nearby. Pointe Orlando is located across the street from the hotel and offers multiple restaurant choices.

REFRIGERATION – Refrigeration will be provided onsite to store items while not competing.  You may place your items in the walk-in when you arrive.  It may be stored there until you compete.  Even if you arrive on Saturday and do not compete in Culinary until Sunday, you can store items in the refrigerator until your competition time on Sunday.  Your refrigerated items can be dropped off any time after 8:00 AM on Saturday.

HATS – We will provide hats for all competing students.  The Culinary and Edible Centerpiece students must wear the hats while competing.  The Management and Waiter Relay students are not required to a hat while competing.  The hats will be mailed to you before the competition.

CULINARY – waiting on these rules

TEMPLATES for Culinary & Management –  When released by NRAEF — the Recipe & Costing Templates will be found above under Competition Rules.

MANAGEMENT – waiting on these rules

WAITERS RELAY –  CLICK HERE to view a YouTube tutorials for each napkin fold and to see the place settings.  Pictures of the finished folds are also provided in the rules. When preparing for this event, use only the pictures provided in the rules.  Do not use any other pictures as they may differ.  Place setting pictures can be found in Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts, Level One, First Edition, Page 653 or Level One, Second Edition, Page 446 (we are not using the English Service depicted on this page).  All the napkin folds and place settings can be found at the link above under Rules, Waiters Relay. Place mats will not be used for any of the required place settings.  For the silverware–only dinner forks, spoons and knives will be provided.  That simply means the contestants do not need to worry about butter knife vs. dinner knife.  They still need to put all of the silverware in the correct place.

AWARDS DINNER – The Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner will take place on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Rosen Plaza Hotel.  All ProStart competition awards will be presented along with Hospitality Excellence Awards, Pineapple Awards and FRLAEF Scholarships.  All ProStart teachers, all competing team members, team alternates, Hospitality Excellence Award recipients, Pineapple Award recipients and Scholarship recipients may attend the dinner free of charge.

Additional tickets may be purchased in advance for $60. Tickets will go on sale in January.

HOTEL  The Rosen Plaza Hotel will be the host site for the 2017 ProStart Culinary Team Competitions.  The room rate at the Rosen Plaza is $129 per night.

Based on other groups in the hotel and our past room night totals, the Rosen Plaza does expect to be full during our event.  In the event they can not accommodate all of our guest, they are offering rooms at the Rosen Inn Pointe Orlando.  The rates at the Rosen Inn Pointe Orlando are $109 per night.

To reserve hotel rooms at either property, please contact the Rosen Plaza/Rosen Inn Pointe Orlando at 800-627-8258 and reference the FRLAEF ProStart Competition Salute to Excellence.  The deadline to make hotel reservations is February 2, 2018 or when the hotel reaches capacity.

SCORE SHEETS – To be successful, your students must know their score sheet.  Teams do not want to “give” points away by not having a uniformed appearance, having visible piercing, incorrect math on costing template, etc. All score sheets are included with the rules of each competition and can be found at the link above.

STIPENDS – Each team will receive a $250 stipend per competition.  A team competing in one competition will receive $250 while a team competing in all four competitions will receive $1,000.  The competition stipends will be mailed in February.  If a team backs out of a competition after receiving their stipend, they must reimburse the FRLAEF for the stipend.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  Laura can be reached at laura@frla.org or 321-689-7192.  Amy can be reached at aparker@frla.org or 866-288-8820 x.250.

List of Competing Teams

Armwood High School

Bartow High School

Bayside High School

Bethlehem High School

Bowers/Whitley Career Center

Colonial High School

Coral Gables Senior High School

Coral Glades High School

Coral Springs High School

Deland High School

Dixie Hollins High School

Dunnellon High School

East Ridge High School

Eastside High School

Estero High School

Eustis High School

Fernandina Beach High School

Flagler Palm Coast High School

Forest Hill Community High School

Fort Pierce Central High School

Frank H. Peterson

Hardee Senior High

Hialeah Gardens Senior High

Hialeah High School

Holmes County High School

J.P. Taravella High School

John A Ferguson Senor High

Keystone Heights High School

Lake Minneola high school

Leon High School

Leto High School

Mainland High School

Manatee High School

Marathon High School

Martin County High School

Mount Dora High School

Nassau County Career Education

Northeast High School

Nova High School

Orange Park High School

Orlando Tech-Mid FL

Poinciana High School

Port St Lucie High School

Ridgeview High School

Riveroak Technical College

Seabreeze Highschool

South Lake High School

South Plantation High School

St. Lucie West Centennial High

Stoneman Douglas High School

Strawberry Crest High School

Tarpon Springs High School

Terry Parker High School

Winter Park High School

Winter Springs High School