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The 5th Annual Rhode Island ProStart Competition, sponsored by RI Hospitality Education Foundation, US Foods and Ecolab, was held on March 10, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Newport.  Four local schools had teams representing them from Chariho Area Career & Technical Center, Exeter Job Corps Academy, Newport Area Career & Technical Center and William M. Davies, Jr. Career & Technical High School.  They competed for $957,000 in scholarship money and a chance to represent Rhode Island at the National ProStart Invitational in Dallas, TX.  These students were judged and critiqued by thirty industry professionals from the local area. 

Twenty two students participated in a culinary arts competition, showing off their technical skills in safety and sanitation, knife cuts, poultry fabrication, team work, communication, menu design, cost allocation, menu taste and overall presentation.  Seven students demonstrated their abilities to develop a new restaurant concept and present their business and marketing plans to a panel of professional judges in a management competition.

The first place culinary and management teams were both from William M. Davies, Jr. Career & Technical High School and they will be proudly representing the state of Rhode Island at the National ProStart Invitational April 29-May 1, 2016.


List of Articles
No. Subject Author Date
38 Where will you find your next job candidate? file Managing GroupMonika May 31, 2016
By:Heather Singleton, Chief Operating Officer You may want to consider hiring a work release candidate from the Department of Corrections.  Hear me out on this….I attended the Roadmap for Reentry Summit that was sponsored by the US Attorney...  
37 Junior Achievement Job Shadow Day file Managing GroupMonika May 31, 2016
The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina hosted culinary and technology students from Chariho Career & Technical Center and Newport Area Career & Technical Center on May 25, 2016 for a Job Shadow Day.  General Manager, Kristin...  
36 2016 Seafood Cook-Off file Managing GroupMonika May 31, 2016
On May 9, 2016, students from Chariho Career and Technical Center, Warwick Area Career and Technical Center, the Cranston Career and Technical Center and William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical Center competed in a cook off featuri...  
35 National ProStart Invitational 2016 Managing GroupMonika May 31, 2016
Rhode Island’s ProStart State Champions from William M. Davies, Jr. Career & Technical High School Management and Culinary teams competed at the National ProStart Invitational in Grapevine, Texas from April 29-May 1.  The teams competed ...  
34 ProStart Students Conduct Cooking Demonstration at Sysco Food Show file Managing GroupMonika Apr 20, 2016
By: Nichole Jorel On March 23, 2016, the 1st place team of the 2016 RI Hospitality Education Foundation’s ProStart Culinary Competition was invited to provide a cooking demonstration for the Sysco Food show at the RI Convention Center.  T...  
» 5th Annual ProStart Competition file Managing GroupMonika Mar 24, 2016
The 5th Annual Rhode Island ProStart Competition, sponsored by RI Hospitality Education Foundation, US Foods and Ecolab, was held on March 10, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Newport.  Four local schools had teams representing them from Chari...  
32 The high cost of not training your staff…. file Managing GroupMonika Mar 24, 2016
By: Kristie Costa, Manager of Workforce Development Headlines abound with Chipotle and Norovirus and if you think it can’t happen to your business, think again.  Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that infects 20 million people each...  
31 Operator Excellence Series – “Serving Up Social Media” file Managing GroupMonika Feb 26, 2016
Joe Vigliotti, District Sales Manager, US. Foods, kicking off “Serving Up Social Media” “Serving Up Social Media”, the first of a four part Operator Excellence Series, was held at the Radisson Hotel Providence Airport on February 22nd...  
30 How Many Food Recalls have you heard about this month…. Managing GroupMonika Feb 26, 2016
02.26.16 By: Kristie Costa, Manager, Workforce Development, RI Hospitality Education Foundation There have been 19 food recalls in the first half of February.  Some recalls are due to mislabeling or food allergens not being identified ...  
29 ProStart students help Senate President Paiva Weed file Managing GroupMonika Feb 26, 2016
The RI Hospitality Association hosted the “Get Served by the Senate President” fundraising event on February 11th at the Radisson Hotel Providence Airport. ProStart students from the Newport Area Career and Technical Center assisted Sena...  
28 Exeter students visit Hotel Viking file Managing GroupMonika Feb 26, 2016
On February 17, 2016, students from the Exeter Job Corps ProStart program were welcomed by The Hotel Viking. Director of Food & Beverage, Kevin Thiele and Executive Chef Barry Correia spoke to the students about their career paths an...  
27 18 New Training Academy Alumni file Managing GroupMonika Aug 27, 2015
(Pictured left to right) Robert L. Ricci, Esq., Administrator, Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston; Stacey Murak, Case Manager, East Bay Skills Alliance; Patricia Graham, Michael Radar, Monica Vega, Lucritia Arruda, Raymond Torr...  
26 On Ramps Celebrates! file Managing GroupMonika Oct 27, 2014
The On Ramps program in partnership with the RI Hospitality Education Foundation has some success stories to celebrate. Two participants of the On Ramps grant have been placed in hospitality positions.  One new-to-the- workforce participan...  
25 New culinary class kicks off in Woonsocket file Managing GroupMonika Oct 27, 2014
Are you in need of employees?  Culinary students are available to help, many with previous kitchen experience.  The students will have the opportunity to earn five industry recognized certifications including the ServSafe® Food Safety Manag...  
24 #RIHospitalityCareers- Where was your first job? file Managing GroupMonika Oct 20, 2014
The National Restaurant Association's America Works Here campaign helps tell the story of America’s restaurant industry -- the nation's second-largest private-sector employer and an engine of economic growth.  Locally, the hospitality ind...  
23 ProStart® Competition is Around the Corner! file Managing GroupMonika Oct 20, 2014
Please save the date for our 4th Annual Rhode Island Prostart® Competition to be held on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the RI Convention Center in Providence, RI.  ProStart® is a two-year high school program that prepares students for suc...  
22 Health Department warns of increased violations file Managing GroupMonika Oct 16, 2014
The Health Department recently contacted us with concerns about food establishments here in RI.  Re-inspection numbers increased to 26% of their total number of inspections and they reported 1,156 critical violations in the month of July 2...  
21 FDA Revises Guidance For Seafood Market Names file Managing GroupMonika Jul 03, 2014
In April, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated its guidance for the correct labeling of any seafood that is sold in interstate commerce. The goal of this guidance is to be able to give consumers clear and non-misleading informati...  
20 Generation Z: They are entering the workforce, are you ready? file Managing GroupMonika Jul 03, 2014
Allow me to introduce you to your new workforce; Generation Z.    If “Millennials” (Generation Y) scared you, pull up your boot straps and get ready. Believe it or not, Generation Z is already working in your establishment and they are c...  
19 Connecting for Children and Families celebrated 12 Graduates file Managing GroupMonika Jul 03, 2014
On June 25th Connecting for Children and Families celebrated 12 students graduating from their culinary arts program.  Congratulations to the students for their hard work and dedication and to the organization and people that made this t...