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Oklahoma ProStart® are provided many opportunities to get involved; through hours of hands-on training, you'll gain invaluable experience at the same time. Participating in our programs is a great way to launch your culinary or management career. If you have questions, contact Jim Hopper at (405) 942-8181 or via email at jim@okrestaurants.com.




Educational Scholarships

Are you currently enrolled or about to enroll in a college hospitality industry program, like Hospitality Management, Hotel and Restaurant Management, or Culinary Arts Education? If so, be sure to apply for the ORA Scholarship, to be used toward the pursuit of undergraduate, master's degree or continuing education at a post-secondary accredited institution. The deadline to apply is February 1, so hurry!  

 Apply for scholarships. We have money to give and we want to give it to you!

Oklahoma ProStart® Student Invitational
The ProStart® Student Invitational competition will showcase the culinary and academic talents of more than 200 ProStart® students from high schools and technology centers across the state. The highlight of the Student Invitational is students participating in a team competition-style format in both the culinary and management competition. The winning teams from each competition will be awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals and scholarships to pursue post-secondary education. The winning high school teams in the culinary and management competition will represent Oklahoma at the national competition in Washington, DC in May. Industry professionals are also involved as team coaches and judges during the event.  All contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Any ProStart® student interested in competing should contact their high school or technology center instructor for more details.


Odyssey de Culinaire ProStart Student Application
Odyssey de Culinaire is a fundraising dinner to benefit the Oklahoma ProStart® program. The event, which is open to the public, features two elegant evenings of dining - one in Oklahoma City and one in Tulsa. These benefit dinners have a unique spin that creates collaboration among chefs from Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Each group treats the other city to an incredible five-course meal. The chefs are assisted in their meal preparation by high school students who are currently active in ProStart® schools in Oklahoma. Funds raised from the event are used to provide support to students, teachers and schools who are part of Student Programs, including teacher training and development, materials and resources for student recruitment, assistance with job placement for internships, and graduate employment and industry-driven events for hospitality students. 

ProStart® students are chosen for this event based on involvement in the program and recommendations from teachers. Apply to be considered for participation. You must be available on the date of the event and must be able to be there for prep work the full day.
 
ORA Culinary Cook-off ProStart Student Application
The Oklahoma Restaurant Association accepts applications for Student Culinary Assistants for the ORA Culinary Cook-off. Applications for this year are unavailable due to the COVID-19 crisis. We will keep you updated on 2021 dates.

The Culinary Cook-off is a cooking competition that takes place during the Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo. Twelve of the most talented Oklahoma chefs, each paired with a student Culinary Assistant, will race the clock to create dazzling dishes using a mystery basket of ingredients. Chefs compete in various heats until the contest is narrowed down to the last two chefs. Judges consist of a panel of industry professionals who will critique each chef/assistant team on plate presentation, creativity, product taste, and sanitation practices, among other things. Up for grabs are trophies, medals, and cash prizes. 

 Apply to assist with the ORA Culinary Cook-off.
What's Happening
03.12.21
After the trials and tribulations of the past year, it is more important than ever to come together to showcase what makes the Oklahoma Hospitality Industry so special. This is why the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association, and Oklahoma Travel Industry Association excited to invite you to join us for our big outdoor sheltered event, “A Tasteful Affair” Legislative Reception!
01.27.21
The Oklahoma Restaurant Association will host the 2021 ORA Golf Classic on Monday, April 26 at the beautiful Quail Creek Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City. This has become one of the first big tournaments of the Spring! It promises to be another great ORA Golf Classic!​
11.17.20
The ORA 2021 Strategic Partnership and Marketing Program provides an “at a glance” annual review of ORA’s event calendar and marketing opportunities. It gives you the chance to plan in advance, allocate your marketing budget more effectively. Check out Key Club Partner status! For more information download your copy of the best hospitality marketing program around, or contact Patti Colley at patti@okrestaurants.com or 405.942.8181.
12.14.20
Governor Stitt's Latest Executive Orders At his press conference last week, Governor Stitt announced his new Emergency Executive Order would include additional mandates affecting the hospitality industry. The order will take effect on Monday, December 14, and includes the issues below which affect our industry. Read more about the Governor's new executive order here.  
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