IUP Supports ProStart Programs to Develop Culinary Leaders

Posted on 5/1/2014 2:14:24 PM

Sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF), ProStart is a nationwide program for high school students that combines education, competition, and industry experience to develop talented students into future leaders in the food industry. 

The Academy of Culinary Arts began its affiliation with ProStart in 2008 with faculty member Albert Wutsch’s participation as a judge at the Wyoming Student Invitational culinary competition. Wutsch was so impressed by the quality of the ProStart student competitors that, in successive years, culinary faculty have accepted invitations to judge the national competition as well as state competitions for New York, North and South Carolina, Ohio, and Georgia.

Here’s how IUP is working with ProStart in 2014:

ProStart Summer Institute, Level 1

The Academy of Culinary Arts has been selected for the third consecutive year to host and teach the ProStart Summer Institute teacher training class developed by the NRAEF.

Chef Albert Wustch will instruct the Level 1 class June 22 through June 27. Participating teachers are coming from high schools located all across the U.S.

Cheff Nutter Judging Georgia  ProStart 2014Culinary Faculty Judge Student Invitational Culinary Competitions

  • Chef John Kapusta judged the 2014 Ohio ProStart Student Invitational.   
  • Chef Andrew Nutter judged the 2014 Carolina’s ProStart Student Invitational and the 2014 Georgia ProStart Student Invitational.   
  • Chef Albert Wustch was selected to judge the 2014 National ProStart Invitational in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Scholarships for ProStart Student Competitors

The Academy of Culinary Arts offers a $1,500 scholarship to all students who participate in ProStart Student Invitational competitions in culinary arts or management at the state or national level.