Secondary School Culinary Educators Gain New Skills at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundations Summer Institutes

The NRAEF Summer Institutes offer educators the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized faculty, network with their peers, tour restaurant and foodservice facilities and receive classroom materials. This professional development allows educators to apply what they’ve learned to their classroom and connect the restaurant industry to thousands of students.

Four different workshop levels cover a range of knowledge and skills, from an overview of the restaurant industry and culinary and management essentials in Level 1 to particular skill mastery, global cuisine and marketing and menu development, in Level 3. Level 4 is a spotlight series with topics that include farm-to-plate menus, artisan bread baking and chocolate. Educators who complete Levels 1 through 3, document recent industry work experience and submit model lesson plans, earn the Certified Secondary Foodservice Educator credential.

Since 2002, Darden Restaurants has supported the NRAEF and its mission to enhance the restaurant industry’s service to the public through education, community engagement, and promotion of career opportunities. Darden’s funding also helps support ProStart, a national secondary school program that introduces students to career opportunities in the restaurant industry and provides them with an industry-driven curriculum on topics ranging from culinary techniques to management skills. Nearly 140,000 students in all 50 states are enrolled in the ProStart program.

Their funding helps support ProStart, a national high school program that introduces students to career opportunities in the restaurant industry and provides them with an industry-driven curriculum on topics ranging from culinary techniques to management skills.

SOURCE National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation