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Rachael Ray Show Launches “Cook Your Way to Culinary School” Contest

Rachael Ray announces her contest, “Cook Your Way to Culinary School,” to give scholarships to high school juniors and seniors.

Calling all Georgia ProStart Students: Rachael Ray and her Yum-o! organization, longtime supporters of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), through her show are offering scholarships to 4 high school juniors and seniors who are passionate about pursuing their dreams in culinary arts and restaurant management with her new contest, “Cook Your Way to Culinary School.”

The grand prize winner will receive up to $25,000 for tuition and other qualified expenses, as well as an assortment of Rachael Ray cookware. Three runners-up will receive a $5,000 scholarship and Rachael Ray merchandise.

“Yum-o! ® has three parts to its organization: Cook, feed and fund,” Ray explained while announcing the contest. “We fund education with the help of our wonderful partners of over a decade, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. They help us give scholarships to deserving kids.”

The distribution and administration of the scholarship prizes provided by Rachael’s Yum-o! ® Organization will be coordinated with assistance from the NRAEF. The Foundation is dedicated to training and advancing the next generation of culinary leaders. One of the NRAEF’s largest programs is ProStart ®, a nationwide high school career and technical education program uniting the classroom and restaurant industry. 140,000 students are currently enrolled in the program, which is offered in more than 1,800 high schools in all 50 states. The Georgia ProStart program is currently in 23 schools with more than 2500 students.

“HEFG is proud to administer the Georgia ProStart Program in partnership with the Georgia Restaurant Association,” says Nesha Mason, HEFG Executive Director. “The Cook Your Way to Culinary School contest is a perfect example of the resources and opportunities we support to encourage the next generation of industry leaders.”

To enter, students must submit a video of themselves preparing an original recipe and an explanation of why they think they should win. The contest closes on Monday, December 4, 2017.

For a chance to win and an overview of the contest rules, visit To learn more about Georgia ProStart visit

ABOUT HEFG: To ensure the future is in good hands, students need access to a full range of opportunities and experiences. The Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia connects passion with obtainable careers and the inspiring professionals who motivate students to perform at their best. That connection happens every February at The HEFG Hospitality Expo, our signature event that brings 2000+ Georgia culinary arts students and educators to Atlanta. Industry leaders exhibit to educate and encourage attendees to pursue a career in Food Service and Hospitality. For more information about the 2018 HEFG Hospitality Expo visit As part of our mission to inspire the next generation, HEFG partners with the Georgia Restaurant Association to administer the ProStart program for the State of Georgia. ProStart is the premier culinary program for high school students. From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart’s industry-driven curriculum provides real-life experience opportunities and builds a foundation of practical skills that will last a lifetime.

About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation: As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s mission of service to the public is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement efforts. The NRAEF and its programs work to Attract, Empower and Advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce. NRAEF programs include: ProStart® – a high-school career and technical education program; Restaurant Ready – partnering with community based organizations to provide “opportunity youth” with skills training and job opportunities; Military – helping military servicemen and women transition their skills to restaurant and foodservice careers; Scholarships – financial assistance for students pursuing restaurant, foodservice and hospitality degrees; and, the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship project – a partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association providing a hospitality apprenticeship program for the industry. For more information on the NRAEF, visit


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