National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Summer Institutes Give ProStart Educators Cutting-Edge Culinary Techniques to Take Back to the Classroom

August 13, 2014

While school was out this summer, ProStart educators honed their culinary skills at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) 2014 Summer Institutes, a series of weeklong professional development workshops held at the country’s leading culinary schools. In addition to supporting the ProStart program and the Summer Institutes, the Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation invested $50,000 to provide Summer Institute scholarships to 28 ProStart Educators.

“The NRAEF’s Summer Institutes give ProStart educators the opportunity to learn the latest culinary trends and techniques shaping the industry today — from global cuisine to sustainability,” said Rob Gifford, executive vice president, strategic operations and philanthropy for the National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. “We are grateful to the Darden Foundation for investing in professional development for the educators who prepare ProStart students to enter the workforce. This level of training and expertise directly benefits our ProStart students, teaching them the skills they need to achieve long term, rewarding careers in the restaurant industry.”