Summer Institutes

Sponsored by Darden Restaurants Foundation

During Summer Institutes, educators have the opportunity to:

  • Earn restaurant/foodservice educator certification
  • Learn from faculty composed of nationally recognized content experts
  • Network among peers
  • Tour restaurant and foodservice facilities
  • Receive classroom materials

Here is what some of the ProStart educators had to say:

“This is the second Summer Institute I attended and I found each of them to make a tremendous impact on my teaching.” - Delaine Stendahl, 2014 Level 2 participant.

"As a culinary educator, more importantly a ProStart culinary educator, I can tell you there is nothing more valuable to your professional development than the NRAEF summer institutes sponsored by Darden! " - Sandra Hawk, 2014 Level 4 participant. 
 

Level 1 - Basic

Begins with an overview of the restaurant and foodservice industry, and leads into kitchen and management essentials.

Prerequisite: None
Topic Highlights: Food safety, kitchen essentials, stocks, sauces, soups, management essentials

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Level 2 - Advanced

Topics include core culinary techniques, operational excellence, and career basics.

Prerequisite: Level 1 or waiver
Topic Highlights: Meat, poultry, seafood, Customer service, Fruits and vegetables, Purchasing

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Level 3 - Mastery

Level 3 concludes culinary techniques, before branching into timely topics like sustainability and global cuisines.

Prerequisite: Level 1 or waiver, and Level 2
Topic Highlights: Sustainability, Baking, Global cuisines, Marketing

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Level 4 - Spotlight Series

Content is determined by the host school, and is timely and topical.

Prerequisite: Level 1 or waiver, Level 2, and Level 3
Topic Highlights: Greening your kitchen, Farm-to-plate menus, Artisan bread baking, Coffee roasting, Pastry, Chocolate

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