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Interested in ProStart®? It’s a great way to launch your culinary career. With hours of hands-on training you will gain invaluable experience at the same time.  

ProStart® is a special program for YOU!
  • Learn about the art of cooking and managing a restaurant from trained professionals and valuable classroom instruction.
  • Earn college credit while you’re in high school.
  • Make money! The ProStart® program offers paid internships at qualified locations with professionals in your area.
  • Earn scholarships for college through ORA, ProStart®, and the National Restaurant Association.
  • The opportunity to earn the National ProStart® Certificate of Achievement
  • Put your skills to work! Compete in the Student Competition and win the chance to go to the National ProStart® competition!
How you can get involved:
  • Talk with your teacher or counselor. Ask them if they have a ProStart® program in place. No program at your school? Talk with us about getting your school involved.
  • Talk with your teacher about getting employed and get connected with a mentor to help you put your skills to use.
  • Pass the level 1 and 2 tests, complete a 400 hour work experience, and earn your Certificate of Achievement
Apply for scholarships. We have money to give and we want to give it to you!

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 recommendation 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.

2019 Odyssey de Culinaire dates and locations are:
  • Tulsa, 7/18/19 - River Spirit Resort & Casino
  • Oklahoma City, 7/25/19 - Skirvin Hilton Hotel

ORA Culinary Cook-off ProStart Student Application
The Oklahoma Restaurant Association accepts applications for Student Culinary Assistants for the ORA Culinary Cook-off. The application will be available in May 2018.
  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018, and
  • Thursday, September 27, 2018
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. 
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must be available for the entirety of BOTH September 26 AND September 27, 2018
  • Must apply by September 1, 2018
Apply to assist with the ORA Culinary Cook-off.
What's Happening
This annual Fall event is the largest trade show in the state of Oklahoma and the most important event for foodservice, hospitality, and tourism industry professionals, featuring hundreds of exhibits, an opening night party, the ever-popular ORA Culinary Cook-off, the exciting ORA Cocktail Shakedown and over 6,000 industry attendees.
Hundreds of association members recently attended an informational session on the "New Alcohol Laws Coming your Way," presented by attorney Adam Marshall with Barrow & Grimm. The 2-hour session covered the details of the new law, which goes into effect October 1. Mr. Marshall kindly shared his presentation for those who were unable to attend.
Make plans now to be in Oklahoma City on November 12 for the annual Hirst Hospitality Awards. Help us recognize and honor the hardworking employees in the foodservice industry; there's nothing like the value of a good staff!
The final ORA Academy sessions of 2018 will be held in both Tulsa and OKC in November! Register now for this great continuing education and professional development course.
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