2021 TRAEF Educator Excellence Award Application

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 Lone Star Bash
One-night hotel stay at TRA Marketplace

The winner will go on to represent Texas at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Educator Excellence Awards Dinner in Chicago. Students, colleagues, parents and community members are welcome to nominate deserving teachers.

The following form should be filled out with the nominee's information only.
For any questions, please email Susan at spetty@txrestaurant.org.
The deadline for this application is May 28.



Have your students participated in the Texas ProStart Invitational within the last three years? *
Have your students participated in other student culinary competitions? *

Professional Development

Have you participated in the Culinary Educators Training Conference (CETC) within the last three years? *

Local and/or Board of Trustees Involvement

Have you participated in community board activities that have demonstrated your leadership skills? *
Have you served on your local TRA chapter's Board of Directors? *

Additional Requirements for Consideration

0/500 words
A maximum of three (3) endorsement letters: two from administrators, co-workers, or anyone who can describe your professionalism and contributions to culinary education, and letter from a current or former student of yours. (Can be combined into one document)

OPTIONAL: No more than two additional pieces of support to include. This includes but is not limited to newspaper articles, media, etc. regarding your program, students, or yourself.