Educator Excellence

Texas ProStart Instructors who demonstrate leadership and excellence in culinary education are eligible to contend for the annual Educator Excellence Award. Teachers must be advocates of the Texas ProStart program and dedicated to helping students achieve success. Awarded to educators who have made significant contributions in the classroom and beyond, the award package includes the following:

  • $1000 cash prize
  • Complimentary registration to the Culinary Educators Training Conference
  • 2 tickets to the TRA Marketplace
  • 2 tickets to Night of Excellence awards dinner
  • One night hotel stay at TRA Marketplace
  • Travel reimbursement up to $300

The winner will go on to represent Texas at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Educator Excellence Awards Dinner in Chicago. Only educators that have completed the WESTAT survey by the National Restaurant Association are eligible for this award.

Students, colleagues, parents and community members are welcome to nominate deserving teachers. We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 award.

To nominate an educator click here. Nominations are due Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Congratulations to our 2016 winner!


Jocelyn Aventurado, Foster High School, Lamar Consolidated ISD, Richmond, TX

Ms. Aventurado holds a Master of Science in Family & Consumers Sciences, has completed a Nutrition & Dietetics Internship at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, and received her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas.

“We are very proud of the example Ms. Aventurado models for her students. She represents the wonderful and dedicated talent Texas has amongst its educators,” stated Richie Jackson, CEO, Texas Restaurant Association.