Wednesday, August 19, 2009

ProStart director wins Herman Breithaupt Award

Bill Nolan, director of ProStart, received the Chef Herman Breithaupt Award from the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (CHRIE). The award, presented to Nolan during the International CHRIE Annual Conference in San Francisco, honors the memory of Breithaupt by recognizing achievement and contributions to foodservice education by a chef-educator.

During his tenure with the National Restaurant Association (NRA), Nolan has created several training programs targeted toward culinary education for secondary school teachers. He also has helped develop the National ProStart Invitational, the NRA's culinary and restaurant management competition for ProStart students. At this competition, he oversees a team consisting of 14 culinary professionals and post-secondary judges who evaluate the student competitors in the culinary side of the competition.

ProStart is a career-building program for high school students who are interested in culinary arts or foodservice management. It is supported by the NRA. For more information, visit