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ProStart is a national career-building program for high school students who are interested in culinary arts and foodservice management. Whether students are looking to enter the job market directly after graduating, or if they plan to attend college, a ProStart graduate makes a solid candidate for success.

The Missouri ProStart program is inspiring a new generation of talent, which will build the Missouri restaurant industry through real world education combined with classroom curriculum relevant to today’s evolving foodservice industry.

Many students have a new-found interest in high school and are applying themselves academically in other classes in order to be a part of the two-year restaurant management and culinary arts program.

Exciting career opportunities await the over 4000 students from 100 high schools in the state who participate making Missouri one of the largest ProStart programs in the country.  ProStart impacts the lives of more than 85,000 students in 1650 high schools across 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and 14 U.S. military bases at home and abroad.

“I continue to be inspired by the power of ProStart, our two-year career-building program for high school students interested in culinary arts and restaurant management.”  -Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO, National Restaurant Association.

Members of the Missouri Restaurant Association may help to inspire a new generation of our state’s youth by donating to the MRA Educational Foundation’s 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Click here for more information on how your donation can help.

All ProStart Teachers are entitled to a free membership in the Missouri Restaurant Association.  To apply, complete the on-line membership application and note that you are a ProStart School.

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For more information on ProStart, contact John LaRocca, Missouri ProStart Coordinator, at 573-356-7308 or

ProStart – News & Events

Missouri High School Students Rise to the Top at State Competition
Monday, April 14, 2014 – Missouri hosted its annual ProStart Invitational in Springfield, Missouri, on Friday, February 21, 2014. The state competition was held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Oasis Convention Center. More than 140 top ProStart students from across the state demonstrated their mastery of restaurant leadership skills — culinary and management — in a fast-paced competition to win their share of the more than  half a million dollars in scholarships. First-place in Culinary this year went to Lake Career and Technical Center in Camdenton and first place in Management went to Mark Twain High School, in Center, last year’s winner in the same category. Both teams will be traveling to Minneapolis, Mn., in May for the 2014 National ProStart Invitational. Read in full

Congratulations to our 2014 winners and good luck!

2014 MO ProStart – 1st Place Culinary Team
Lake Career and Technical Center

ProStart Culinary WS

2014 MO ProStart – 1st Place Management Team
Mark Twain High School

ProStart Mgmt WS

Culinary Arts Instructor at Grandview High School named 2014 Missouri ProStart Educator of the Year

The Missouri Restaurant Association congratulates Cheryl Landers from Grandview High School, selected during the ProStart Invitational, as the 2014 Missouri ProStart Educator of the Year.

The award is given to one instructor in Missouri each year by the Missouri Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to recognize exceptional educators who utilize the ProStart program in their classrooms. The award is sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).


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