ProStart Overview


2017 First Place ProStart Teams From Brookings High SchoolWhat is ProStart®?

ProStart® is a nationwide, two-year program for high school students that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice industry leaders.

From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart’s industry-driven curriculum provides real-world education and builds practical expertise for a foundation that will last a lifetime.

Uniting the industry and classroom.

Students not only learn from educators in the classroom, they also gain valuable hands-on experience by working at least 400 hours in the industry. ProStart creates an unparalleled experience.

Life-changing opportunities and career direction.

Participants gain access to scholarships and can receive college credit and advanced placement.

Developing tomorrow’s industry workforce.

Work-study positions provide practical skills, open doors and build connections with professionals in the real-world.

A high standard of excellence for students, and the industry overall.

Alumni enter the workforce prepared for the future and excited to enter a promising career.

ProStart in South Dakota

Nationally, ProStart® is administered by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF). In South Dakota, the program is coordinated by the South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA), in cooperation with the South Dakota Department of Education and the South Dakota ProStart Committee.

South Dakota's ProStart® has been in place since 2007, when the South Dakota Retailers Association agreed to establish and coordinate the program.2016SDProStartCompetitionSturgisChickenFab

Involvement, Mentorship & Sponsorship Opportunities

MENTORSHIP: You can help develop the leaders of tomorrow first-hand by becoming involved in ProStart. You can help by mentoring, volunteering and supporting. Pledge your involvement by completing the ProStart Involvement Registration Form.

SPONSORSHIP: Sponsorship opportunities are available for the South Dakota ProStart® program. If you would like to help sponsor this program, please call the South Dakota Retailers Association at 1-800-658-5545 and ask for Seanna, or contact us via email.



Thank You to Our ProStart Sponsors!


Partner Sponsor


Friend Sponsors


 Associate Sponsors


 Competition Supporters and Award Sponsors

American Culinary Federation Black Hills Chapter of Professional Chefs


Personal Donations

Gary Lee Frantz & Sarah Hustead

 Donate to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's National ProStart Program.