Congratulations to Mary Levinski from Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools named ACF Chef of the Year 2021 - the first time a ProStart® teacher has been granted this prestigious award!
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2021 First Place Culinary and Management | Sauk Rapids-Rice High School

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2nd Place Management | Elk River High School   2nd Place Culinary | PillagerHigh School 

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Congratulations to the 2021 ProStart® Invitational Winners!


ProStart® State Management Competition Winners

First Place: Sauk Rapids-Rice High School

Second Place: Elk River High School

Third Place: Rogers High School

Fourth Place: Zimmerman High School


ProStart® State Culinary Competition Winners

First Place: Sauk Rapids-Rice High School

Second Place: Pillager High School

Third Place: Elk River High School

Fourth Place: Rogers High School

Best Knife Skills

Samah Tariq | Sauk Rapids-Rice High School

Audri Gunderson | Elk River High School

 * each student will receive a knife set.



Sauk Rapids-Rice High School



Elk River High School


Creative Secret Ingredient

Pillager High School


Essence of Taste

Sauk Rapids-Rice High School


Team Spirit

Rogers High School

A BIG Thank You to our 2021 ProStart Invitational sponsors: Grand View Lodge, Ecolab and Sysco Minnesota

Thanks to our hosts, including Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation and Hospitality Minnesota Board Member Frank Soukup, for graciously welcoming this event -- the first time in Greater Minnesota. The space and staff support were amazing!

Thanks to our HM Strategic Partner and HMEF Leaders Fund Supporter, including Hospitality Minnesota Board member Brad Stelzer, for providing cutting boards and first aid kits for each school.


Thanks to Sysco Minnesota for the delicious lunch, and their generous support of the food/ingredients used in creating the competition dishes, as well as to their many chefs who served as judges/mentors: 



Lead Judge: Branden Robinson, South Point Inn

Cathy Bovard, D’ Amico’s

Jim Benson, Sourcewell


Timer – Pete Mihajlov, Parasole Restaurants



Lead Judge: Chef John Van House, Grand Casino


Competition Pantry/Kitchen:

Chef Michael Manders, Grand View Lodge

Chef Casey Bryant, Manhattan Beach Lodge


Team Appearance, Teamwork & Organization, Proper Cooking Procedures, Proper Knife Usage & Degree of Difficulty & Creativity:

Chef Howard Smith, Sysco Central North Region

Chef Tom Johnson, Breezy Point Resort

Chef Jenna Von Siebolds, Prairie Bay


Safety & Sanitation – All Aspects: 

Chef Lou Krueger, Sysco Central North Region

Chef Scott Parker CC

Chef Bill Niemer, That’s Cooking School

Product Taste & Appearance, and Creativity of the 2 Secret Ingredients: 

Chef Nate Luce, Sysco Central North Region

Chef Amy Elliott, Sysco Central North Region

Chef Michael Manders, Grand View Lodge

Chef Casey Bryant, Manhattan Beach Lodge


Timers:  Liz Rammer and Jennifer Brandabur, Hopkins High School

ATTENTION: ProStart® Teachers

From the NRAEF: Remote Instruction Resources

Thanks to Chef Jackson Lamb MBA, CSC, CHE Professor of Hospitality at Metropolitan State in Denver, who shared his videos for chapter introduction for all 44 chapters in both level 1 and 2. They could be used as homework assignments as well. For instance, in Level 2, chapter 9, Food costing. 


This is how we support each other during these unprecedented times:

Other possibilities:


We are happy to share that Pearson has provided more information and easier access to the 1st edition of Foundations e-book, student websites, and teacher resources. We will keep you updated when more digital resources are available for the 2nd edition.


Request First Edition of Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts E-Text Accesses Here

The CTE Form is where instructors can request access to the VitalSource eText for Levels 1 & 2. Access codes will be emailed to the instructor within two business days.


First Edition FRMCA Companion Websites

These two links are to companion websites that house student resources, review activities and self-graded review questions

"ProStart is the epitome of what happens when education, mentorship, industry support and passion come together."
--MN ProStart Instructor

"ProStart builds a bridge to our community, connects students with industry leaders, and provides opportunities for scholarships."
--Laura Feyma, Forest Lake School

"ProStart trains young people for the jobs that in demand."

--Christie Larson

St. Michael-Albertville High School

"ProStart expands the horizons of my students with great opportunities."

--Marge Humbert
S.T.E.P. Anoka Hennepin

"ProStart teaches culinary skills as well as the business aspect of the foodservice industry."

--Gayle Durand
Hopkins High School

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.

The program is "chef training for high school students," as one Minnesota instructor put it. ProStart teaches not only culinary skills, but also the business aspects of the foodservice industry. The program connects students with industry leaders, provides opportunities for scholarships and perhaps most importantly, prepares young people for careers as restaurant owners, managers, chefs and positions.

ProStart® students enjoy hands-on work, on-the-job training through mentorships, interaction with guest presenters and field trips to area restaurants and foodservice suppliers. They have the opportunity to obtain a Certificate of Achievement at the end of the two-year program upon successful completion of testing and industry work experience.

Many schools send teams to compete in the Minnesota ProStart Invitational, held annually in March. The competition showcases culinary and management skills the students have learned in class. More than 5,500 students in the state participate in ProStart at 83 Minnesota high schools. The winning team from both culinary and hospitality management is eligible to participate in the national competition each May in Washington D.C.

Minnesota ProStart® Schools

Aitkin High School

Alexandria High School

Austin High School

Bemidji High School

Bloomington Kennedy High School

Brainerd High School

Brooklyn Center High School

Buffalo High School

Burnsville High School

Cambridge-Isanti High School

Cass Lake High School

Central High School

Chaska High School

Columbia Heights High School

Como Park Senior High School

Crosby Ironton High School

Detroit Lakes High School

Duluth Denfeld High Schools

Duluth East High School

Elk River High School

Fairmont High School

Foly High School

Forest Lake High School

Fridley High School

Harding High School

Hayfield High School

Hendricks High School

Henry Sibley High School

Hopkins High School

Humboldt High School

Indus School

Integrated Arts Academy, Chaska

Jefferson High School

Johnson Senior High School

Kenyou-Wanamingo High School

La Crescent High School

Lakeville North High School

Lakeville South High School

Lincoln High School - Lake City

Little Falls High School

Long Prairie Grey Eagle High School

Mankato East High School

Mankato West High School

Marshall High School

Milaca High School

Minneota High School

Monticello High School

Mounds View High School

New Ulm High School

NRHEG High School

North Branch High School

North Education Center Academy

Osseo Sr. High School

Owatonna High School

Park Center Sr. High School

Pequot Lakes High School

Perham High School

Pillager High School

Pine City High School

Pine Island High School

Pine River Backus High School

Robbinsdale High School

Princeton High School

Proctor High School

Red Wing High School

Richfield High School

Rochester Century High School

Rochester Mayo High School

Rocori High School

Rogers High School

Roosevelt High School

S.T.E.P. Anoka -Hennepin

Sartell High School

Sauk Rapids-Rice High School

Shakopee High School

South St. Paul High School

St. Paul Central High School

Staples-Motley High School

Waconia High School

Waseca High School

Washington Technology Magnet

Willmar High School

Zimmerman High School

Minnesota ProStart® Educators of Excellence

2021 - All ProStart
® and HTMP Educators

2020 - Marissa Getty: Rogers High School

2019 - Matt Deutsch, Burnsville High School

2018 - Marilyn Fagerness, North Branch Area High School
2017 - Katherine Hutchinson, Park Center Senior High, Brooklyn Park
2016 - Emily Wyse Moore, Integrated Arts Academy, Chaska
2015 - Monique Sabby, Elk River High School
2014 - Lois Lewis, Indus School, Birchdale
2013 - Christie Larson, St. Michael-Albertville High School
2012 - Marlys Eickmeier, Rocori High School, Cold Spring
2011 - Gayle Durand, Hopkins High School
2010 - Kathy Ellefson, Elk River High School
2009-  Marge Humbert, S.T.E.P. Anoka-Hennepin School District
2008 - Mary Levinski, Sauk Rapids-Rice High School
2007 - Marilyn School Meister, Edgerton High School