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Jessica Doerffel: Road to the Ritz begins at ProStart®

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Jessica Doerffel started her career in hospitality by busing tables as a teenager. Soon after, she became part of her high school’s ProStart team, which placed third at the first National Prostart Invitational®. Today, she’s the assistant food and beverage director at Elways, a restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton in Denver.

 "The thought of taking a curriculum based on hospitality was unheard of in high school, so I jumped at the chance," she said.

While in college, Jessica completed internships at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and with Marriott International.

After college, Jessica stayed with Marriott International at properties in Hawaii, California and is now home in Denver. She rose through the ranks from assistant front desk manager to her current position. 

The Colorado Restaurant Association recently honored her with its 2012 Industry Spotlight Exceptional Newcomer Signature Dish Award.

Her experience has come full circle for the NRAEF as well: Jessica will be a management judge at the 2013 National ProStart Invitational.

A version of this article originally appeared on the NRAEF website.

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