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Kith and Kin; Andrew Dana, CEO, Timber Pizza; Ayesha Abuelhiga, CEO, Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.; and Chef Jerome Grant, Executive Chef at the National Museum of African American History and Sous Chef at the National Museum of the American Indian will be our featured Share-aCoke panelists. These exclusive opportunities provide students insights into what it takes to launch a successful career, run a restaurant or start your own business. ProStart develops high school students, focusing on culinary and management skills to prepare them for future restaurant industry careers. Photo by NRAEF.

that offer opportunities to pursue a college degree and additional education in restaurants, culinary arts and hospitality or immediately enter the workforce after graduating from high school. For the first time, we are also bringing our ProStart Educators of Excellence Awards to NPSI to combine the celebration of our top ProStart competitors with the recognition of our ProStart educators from across the country who have done an outstanding job preparing their students for a successful future in our industry. RCS: Please review how these state and national competitions provide opportunities for future entrepreneurs and culinary artists. RG: ProStart unites the classroom and the industry to develop the next generation of restaurant and foodservice leaders. In addition to bragging rights, the winning state and national teams are awarded scholarships to pursue postsecondary education. At last year’s NPSI, we awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships.   Students attending NPSI also have the chance to interact with industry leaders at our annual business and education expo and during our “Share-a-Coke” sessions where they can ask questions and learn from top industry professionals. This year, Kwame Onwuachi, a local D.C. Chef, Top Chef Alum and Owner of

RCS: How can industry veterans get involved in volunteering or sponsorship (in the program on an ongoing basis)? RG: We have tremendous support across the industry for NPSI and the ProStart program and continue to see both large and small businesses and organizations seek out new and innovative ways to get involved. Each year, we see more and more of the restaurant and foodservice community look for ways to support NPSI - they volunteer as judges, participate in the career expo, create special experiences for the students, become ProStart mentors and come simply to cheer on these exceptional students. We welcome the involvement and interest from any organization that aligns with our mission to attract, empower and advance the future of the restaurant industry. NPSI is three days of high-energy and emotion and we love making each and every team, student and teacher feel special. It is the NRAEF’s best event of the year. Click here to learn more about the 2019 National ProStart Invitational: chooserestaurants.org/npsi Rob Gifford is Executive Vice President of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the NRAEF is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training and education, career opportunity and community engagement efforts. To learn more about the work of the Foundation, visit ChooseRestaurants.org. RESTAURANT C-SUITE 31

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Restaurant C-Suite Magazine | Spring 2019  

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As Restaurant C-Suite Magazine is a trend-based news source, we continue to dive deeper into 2019 trends in this issue, including zero waste...