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ProStart® is a nationwide, two-year program for high school students that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s industry leaders. From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart’s industry-driven curriculum provides real-world educational opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime.

Building a Foundation to Last a Lifetime

By bringing together the industry and the classroom, ProStart®  gives students a platform to discover new interests and talents to open doors for fulfilling careers. It happens through a curriculum that includes all facets of the industry and sets a high standard of excellence for students and the industry.


Students who have completed the requirements of the ProStart®  program are awarded an industry-recognized certificate – the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement.  To earn the certificate, students pass two national exams, demonstrate a mastery of foundational skills, and work 400 mentored hours.

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Recorded in Concord, NH at the New Hampshire ProStart®  State Invitational in March 2024

ProStart® National Invitational Recap

White Mountains Regional High School in Whitefield brought both their culinary and management teams to the ProStart® National Invitational April 26-28 in Baltimore, MD.

They fielded a tough and determined foursome for their culinary team. Hannah, Maggie, Mariyah (two-time National competitor), and Tim were focused, spotless in their work, and a quiet, but very communicative group.

New Hampshire ProStart®  Contact Info

Amie Pariseau
(603) 228-9585


Helping students get a jump start

on rewarding careers in the industry

benefits everyone. 

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Appetizer - Black Pepper Buckwheat "Cannoli"- Vermont goat cheese espuma, tarragon scented strawberry gastrique, cucumber wrapped baby arugula, and macerated parisenne of strawberry
Entree - Pan Roasted Coriander Spiced Duck Breast- herbed farro "pilaf," sautéed zucchini and rondelle of parsnip, aged balsamic dried cherry jus, and dressed leaves of celery
Dessert - Salted Pliable Milk Chocolate - toasted creamy beekeeper nougat, raspberry pear compote, with pan roasted almonds, and essence of lime

They placed 15th out of 48 teams.


For their restaurant concept, the team presented Riveting Bites, which found inspiration in Rosie the Riveter. Averey, Lily, and Tobi (who competed at Nationals last year in Culinary) are all raised by single mothers, and they brought that personal story to their concept. The judges loved their passion, commitment, and personality, and the ladies in pink placed 7th out of 48 teams. The highest ranking management team in New Hampshire’s history.

A big thank you to all of our ProStart® sponsors and judges. A special shout out to our Nationals Sponsor, Heron Point Seafood; Premier Culinary Sponsor, Café Services; Premier Management Sponsor, 110 Grill; and our Team Pride Sponsor, Flatbread Company. 

New Hampshire ProStart® Schools

Concord Regional Technical Center, Concord
Dover Regional Career Technical Center, Dover

J. Olivia Huot Technical Center, Laconia
Manchester School of Technology, Manchester
Milford High School & Applied Technology Center, Milford
Mount Washington Valley Career & Technical Center, North Conway

North Point CTE, Colebrook
Pinkerton Academy, Derry

Plymouth Applied Technology Center, Plymouth

Portsmouth High School, Portsmouth
Richard W. Creteau Regional Technology Center, Rochester
Salem High School Career & Technical Education Center, Salem

Seacoast School of Technology, Exeter
Somersworth Career Technical Center, Somersworth
U.S. Department of Justice, Berlin
White Mountains Regional High School, Whitefield

Meet Our New  Hampshire
ProStart® Teacher of the Year

Ashley Mota, Dover Regional Career Technical Center

In partnership with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NHLRAEF) awards an annual New Hampshire ProStart® Educator of the Year. The award recipient from New Hampshire is nominated for the NRAEF ProStart® National Educator of Excellence Awards (EEA), which recognize educators who demonstrate excellence in the classroom and passion, commitment and creativity in all aspects of the ProStart® program to help their students make the most of the opportunities that ProStart® offers.


The NHLRAEF is proud to announce this year’s New Hampshire ProStart® Educator of the Year is Ashley Mota, culinary arts teacher, Dover Regional Career Technical Center. Chef Mota always has a smile on her face, and exudes a genuine enjoyment when working and engaging with her students.

When asked about Chef Mota, one of her students said, “Chef Mota has made an impact through her unique teaching methods and unwavering support. She shares real world stories from her professional experiences that connects classwork to working in the culinary arts field. This connection helps to prepare us for the challenges found in a professional kitchen. Chef Mota is an inspiration who makes culinary education fun.”

Dover Regional Career Technical Center’s Director, Kori Kennedy stated in her nomination, “Chef Mota has consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to student success, implemented innovative teaching methods, maintained strong connections to the culinary industry, and made invaluable contributions to our school community. Her dedication to student success is evident in the personalized attention and guidance given to each student. Beyond teaching culinary skills, Chef Mota fosters a supportive learning environment that encourages creativity and critical thinking. Students under her mentorship consistently achieve high levels of proficiency and passion for the culinary arts. This commitment extends beyond the classroom, as she is always willing to provide extra assistance and guidance to students, ensuring they thrive both academically and personally.”

In addition to being considered for a National award, Chef Mota will be invited to join her peers across the country as a ProStart® Educator Fellow. From the NHLRAEF, Chef Mota will receive an award, $1,000, and an invitation to New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association’s annual Stars of the Industry dinner. We are thrilled to honor and celebrate Chef Ashley Mota as the New Hampshire ProStart® Educator of the Year for 2023-2024.

Ashley Mota Photo


"One of the reasons I wanted to get into this industry is because of that satisfaction you get from helping other people."

Dominic Berry ProStart® Alumnus,

White Mountains Regional High School

Thanks to our sponsors and supporters, thousands of students are
discovering rewarding careers in New Hampshire's hospitality industry.
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