Culinary Experts Named Friend of ProStart

April 30, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Chef Lawrence Perry and Chef Isabel Cross, instructors from Mountwest Center for Culinary Arts, have been named the 2015 Friend of ProStart by the West Virginia Department of Education's (WVDE) Hospitality Education and Training (WVHEAT) program. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to hospitality and restaurant education by professionals.

The ProStart program is a two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the management skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid internships and to be mentored by industry managers. Students that meet academic standards, complete a checklist of competencies, and participate in at least 400 hours of a mentored work experience are awarded the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement. The certificate signifies a student is well qualified to enter the industry workforce.

"As recognized industry leaders in West Virginia, Chef Perry and Chef Cross have been instrumental in growing our ProStart program and educating the next generation of industry leaders," said State Superintendent of Schools, Michael Martirano. "I commend these top-notch chefs for their excellence in preparing students to be college and career ready."

"Chef Perry and Chef Cross have been supporters of ProStart from the very beginning of its conception in West Virginia," said Kathy D'Antoni, Chief Officer of the WVDE's Division of Career Technical Education. "It is undeniable that ProStart today would not be enjoying its level of success without the contributions of these dedicated chefs."

For more information, Liza Cordeiro in the WVDE Communications Office at (304) 558-2699.

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