About Texas ProStart

Texas ProStart prepares students for careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry. They gain valuable restaurant and foodservice skills through their academic and workplace experience.

It’s a well-known fact that everything is bigger and better in Texas. Our approach to high school hospitality education is no exception to this rule. The Texas Restaurant Foundation took the benefits of the national ProStart program and added a Texas twist:

  • Outstanding Curriculum
  • Educator Excellence & Professional Development 
  • Industry Support & State-of-the-Art Facilities 
  • Student Achievement 

We take high school culinary and restaurant management to the next level by providing the full support of the Texas restaurant industry to over 255 high schools reaching over 20,000 students each year. The program grows each year – adding more schools and reaching more students!

The connection between industry and schools ensures that teachers and students get the most from the Texas ProStart program. We provide extensive resources for educators  and students and the annual Texas ProStart Invitational competition showcases the amazing passion and dedication students have for our industry.

Check out the Texas Restaurant Foundation  partners and learn how you can get involved!

Learn how ProStart brings industry and the classroom together to give students a platform to discover new interests and talents and open doors for fulfilling careers.


About the Texas Restaurant Foundation

The Texas Restaurant Foundation was established by the Texas Restaurant Association in 1994 as a 501c3 non-profit organization, to focus on providing the necessary resources to help restaurateurs confront educational and labor challenges with the latest innovations in education, technology, and training. The Texas Restaurant Foundation’s mission is to provide educational opportunities to build and maintain a strong professional foodservice workforce in Texas.

Support The Foundation

Get involved and support the work of the Texas Restaurant Foundation! The Foundation’s programs support educational opportunities for restaurant careers in Texas. Your contributions benefit not only talented and dedicated students, but also the restaurant and hospitality industry as a whole.

Contact Us

512 East Riverside Dr, Suite 250, AUSTIN, TEXAS 78704
Mailing Address: PO Box 1429, Austin, Texas 78767
Main Office: 512.457.4100
Susan Petty, Chief of Staff
E-mail: spetty@txrestaurant.org

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