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November 30, 2009

Guy Fieri photoLocal High School Students to Intern with “The Guy Fieri Roadshow”
Students from Wisconsin schools to assist on December 2, 2009

(Madison, WI) The Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation today announced that ProStart students from area schools will intern with Food Network star Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Big Bite and Ultimate Recipe Showdown) at the Milwaukee stop on “The Guy Fieri Roadshow.” “The Guy Fieri Roadshow” hits Riverside Theatre on December 2, 2009 at 8:00 P.M. On the tour, Fieri is taking American food culture to new heights by combining the worlds of food and rock ‘n’ roll. To purchase tickets, visit www.guyfieri.com.

Each of the six students selected participates in the ProStart® program at their high school. ProStart is a two year curriculum designed to teach high school students the management skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

“Our students are thrilled to take part in “The Guy Fieri Roadshow” and represent our state’s ProStart program on such a prominent stage,” said Ed Lump, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. “They’ve put in hard work in the classroom and on the job in ProStart, and it’s great to be able to reward them with an exciting opportunity like this.”

“The Guy Fieri Roadshow,” produced by Fieri’s company Knuckle Sandwich, will hit 21 cities in 30 days and play in venues that seat 2,000-5,000 fans. At each stop on “The Guy Fieri Roadshow,” Fieri teams up with Australian-based flair bartender Hayden "Woody" Wood, a local celebrated chef, and local ProStart students. The students will work with Guy’s team to help prep food before the show and be on hand behind the scenes to help during the show itself. The Wisconsin Restaurant Association selected the participating students. The participating students are:

  • Marissa Bertram, Badger High School (Instructor: Russ Tronsen)
  • Rebekah Detrie, South Milwaukee High School (Instructor: Trude Mihalovich)
  • Kaitlin Hale, Watertown High School (Instructor: Jolene Massuch)
  • Andrew Jack, West Bend West High School (Instructor: Sally Heuer)
  • Gee Lee, Sheboygan North High School (Instructor: Karen Sullivan)
  • Christian Wagner, Waukesha South High School (Instructor: Linda Valiga)

Click here to read more about the students.

“ProStart students are the best in Wisconsin, and I knew they were my go to help for the event,” said Fieri. “I can’t wait to give them an incredible backstage experience while I blow the audience’s mind!”

Three years ago, Fieri competed and won the second season of The Next Food Network Star to launch his career with the Food Network. In October 2008, Guy released his first book based on his widely popular show, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives: An All-American Road Trip…with Recipes! (William Morrow). In its first week, it landed on The New York Times Best Sellers List. A follow up book, More Diners, Drive-ins and Dives: Another Drop-Top Culinary Cruise Through America's Finest and Funkiest (William Morrow), is currently available in stores.

An ardent supporter of ProStart, Fieri brought his production team to the 2009 National ProStart Invitational to film Guy Fieri’s Top of the Class, airing on the Food Network on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 7:30 pm ET/PT . Fieri has also been athree-term President of the Restaurant Association of the Redwood Empire and serves on the Board of Directors for the Educational Foundation of the California Restaurant Association. To find out more about Fieri and a complete list of tour dates, check out www.guyfieri.com.

4,000 students in Wisconsin join the 80,000 students nationwide served by ProStart, a two-year curriculum supported by the National Restaurant Association and state restaurant associations across the United States that blends classroom learning with mentored work experience to teach high school students the management and culinary skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. When students meet academic standards, complete a checklist of competencies, and work at least 400 hours in the industry, they are awarded the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement that signifies they are well qualified to enter the industry workforce. The career-building program is managed nationally by National Restaurant Association Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Restaurant Association. For more information on the ProStart program and National ProStart Invitational, please visit www.prostart.restaurant.org.

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The WRA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1987 and is one of the nation’s largest state restaurant association foundations. The WRA EF vision is to advance professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.

The ProStart® program, administered by National Restaurant Association Solutions, LLC and state restaurant associations, is a college prep, two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid internships where industry managers mentor them.

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