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ProStart students benefit from NRA Show donations

Chicago-area high school students will start the next school year with more professional equipment to enhance their culinary education.

The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show donated four skids of equipment to six ProStart schools in Illinois and northern Indiana. The items included commercial-grade pots and pans, baking sheets, measuring cups and spoons, and storage containers, as well as plastic steam-table pans and Villeroy-Boch plates.

The items were used in cooking demonstrations in the NRA Show's World Culinary Showcase and other culinary events.

"It's always a struggle to get good equipment for these schools," says Greg Beachey, senior program manager, academic relations, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. "A lot of ProStart classes have to work with outdated home-style equipment in old home economics classrooms. They need updated, commercial-style equipment -- the same things they will use in restaurant jobs."

With limited budgets, schools often are hard-pressed to find funding for new textbooks, much less pots, pans or chef's coats.


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