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  • Is cooking your passion?
  • Do you want to open your own restaurant someday or manage a hotel property?
  • Think you have what it takes to be the next restaurant or hospitality superstar?

Then ProStart® is the program for you!

About ProStart

Across the country, 100,000+ passionate students like you are diving into the ProStart program. For 17 years, ProStart has been providing high school students with the training they need to be successful. During your junior and senior year of high school, you'll learn with your classmates at school, get your feet wet working in the industry, and have the chance to put your skills to the test in competitions.

Classroom Experience

Developed by industry experts to help you jump start your career as the next Rick Bayless or Stephanie Izard. In the classroom, ProStart® students master the fundamental management and culinary skills needed for success. ProStart trains students on industry-specific skills that can be used in all aspects of the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality industry. Students also leave the program with employability skills – like leadership, accountability, teamwork and responsibility – that they can take with them to positions in all industries.

Real-Life Work Experience

Walk in the steps of a chef, or restaurant manager or a hospitality leader. While classroom experience is necessary to learn the foundational culinary, management , and business entrepreneurship skills, nothing beats real-life experience gained by working in the industry. ProStart® students learn how to be an industry professional through hands-on work under the direction of a mentor. Mentors help students make the connection between their present performance and their future career.

National Certificate of Achievement

Show industry that you have what it takes to be a leader. The ProStart National Certificate of Achievement proves that you are ready to step into any role in the hospitality industry, and can open the door to jobs and college scholarships.

ProStart Invitational & Sysco Denver Hospitality Cup Competition

If you love competition, the Colorado ProStart Invitational & Sysco Denver Hospitality Cup is for you – put your skills to the ultimate test. This annual event showcases more than 250 ProStart® students from 30 Colorado high schools who demonstrate a mastery of culinary and academic skills as they compete in the Annual ProStart® Invitational & Sysco Denver Hospitality Cup Competition. Teams compete for more than $850,000 in scholarships through both a Culinary Competition and Hospitality Management Competition. The school that accumulates the most points at the end of the contest will take home the "Sysco Denver Hospitality Cup." The winning teams from the state competition will represent Colorado ProStart® at the National ProStart® Invitational event with the opportunity to win even more scholarships.


The CRF wants to put you on the path towards achieving your dreams. Through a variety of partner organizations and individuals in the industry, CRF offers scholarships to our graduating Colorado ProStart® students.

For more information on Colorado ProStart Scholarships, click here.

Student Resources

Already enrolled? Make the most of your ProStart Experience by utilizing the tools developed by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation.

For more information on student resources, click here.

How to Sign up

Check with your school's family and consumer sciences department or career and technical education department to find out if your school offers ProStart.
  • If ProStart is offered at your school, seek out your school's ProStart educator and let him or her know of your interest in the program. Take any introductory courses that may be a prerequisite to enrolling in ProStart at your school.
  • If ProStart is not offered at your school, encourage your school's culinary arts educator to contact the Colorado Restaurant Foundation and learn how to become a ProStart school.
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