The HRA Educational Foundation has been hard at work with many projects to support the next generation of chefs through their ProStart program which provides resources and tools for high school culinary classrooms around the state.
On October 19 they will be tailgating at the UH vs. Air Force Football game wearing green shirts that say “Chefs are Warriors in the Kitchen.” For anyone who hasn’t bought their tickers yet, please act now! $45 gets you a ticket to the game and a t-shirt as well as food from their tailgating booth at the game. Everyone will sit in the south end zone section together and proudly wear their shirts as a group showing their support for the home team and local high schools. The funds raised will go back to the HRAEF to be used to provide resources for Hawaii’s high school culinary programs. Go to www.hraef.org to purchase tickets!
One of the reasons the ProStart program has been so quick to gain traction is that many best practices have already been established in other states since Hawaii is the 50th state to adopt this program. Once a year the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation hosts a meetup in the mainland where one representative from each state’s ProStart program can come and network and see the ways this program has been successful around the country.
This meetup, called the ProStart Leadership Forum, just happened last week in San Francisco and it was an incredibly valuable learning experience for the program. The HRAEF came home with pages and pages of ideas for projects to put into place in our classrooms. One of the first that is taking form is creating a video series full of lessons that will assist culinary instructors throughout the state with lessons that they can put right to use in the classroom. The Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapi’olani Community College has already expressed strong interest in partnering with this project and having their chefs be featured the videos and the HRAEF was even able to get a Go Pro donated this week to get the ball rolling.
This and many other projects are in the pipeline and we can’t wait to share them with you as they take form. Stay tuned!