Pennsylvania ProStart

ProStart® is a nationwide, two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders. From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart’s industry-driven curriculum provides real-life experience opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime.

How ProStart Works

By bringing together the industry and the classroom, ProStart gives students a platform to discover new interests and talents to open doors for fulfilling careers. It happens through a curriculum that includes all facets of the industry, and sets a high standard of excellence for students and the industry.

ProStart National Certificate of Achievement

Students who have completed the requirements of the ProStart program are awarded an industry-recognized certificate – the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement. To earn the certificate, students pass two national exams, demonstrate a mastery of foundational skills and work 400 mentored hours.

Students who receive the certificate are eligible for NRAEF scholarship opportunities and course credits at more than 75 of the country’s leading hospitality and culinary arts colleges and universities.

For more information, please contact Hope Sterner, PRLA education coordinator, at (800) 345-5353.

State Invitational Sponsors 


Curtze Food Service


Hershey Entertainment & Resorts
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews
SYSCO Pittsburgh
The Culinary Arts Institute at Montgomery County Community College


Auntie Anne's
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Pittsburgh Technical College
Westmoreland County Community College

Prize Sponsor

Gunter Wilhelm
Mercer Culinary

Gift Bag Donors

Carol H. Gilber Consulting
Hershey Foodservice
New Chef
Pennsylvania Beef Council
Primanti Bros.
Utz Snacks

National Invitational Travel Sponsor

The Hershey Company

PRLA Corporate Sponsors

Ellis Coffee Co.