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Mentors sought for ProStart hospitality industry program

An advanced placement culinary arts and restaurant management course, "ProStart" is seeking mentors. ProStart is an extensive course available to students interested in the hospitality industry offered at Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School.

"Mentors who share life experiences with students provide students another helpful dimension to their education," says Nicole Hed, teacher and advisor to ProStart students.

Competitions allow students to put their classroom skills to a test and can offer them scholarships, employment or internships. Culinary arts students recently earned a first place honor this month at national finals in St. Paul, Minn. where they created and prepared an appetizer, entree and dessert that had to be complete within 60 minutes. In addition to overall taste of their food, they were judged on knife cuts, cleanliness, organization, menu design, plating and overall taste. On April 5, they will attend a competition at Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, Minn. where they will focus on cake decorating, food art, culinary and knife skills.

Anyone interested in being a mentor is asked to contact Nicole Hed, ProStart teacher at East High School, at 507-387-5671 or

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