BJ's also will award $12,000 in cash prizes to outstanding students, teachers and ProStart programs across California.
“The potential for these generous gifts to create real opportunities for schools and instructors cannot be understated,” CRAEF Executive Director Alycia Harshfield said. “BJ's Restaurants has become a staple in the CA ProStart Cup and we couldn't be more appreciative of their constant support.”
The BJ's Restaurant Management Cup requires student teams of three to four students from around the state to develop and present a business proposal for a new restaurant concept, including a supporting menu, a marketing plan and a detailed design. A panel of foodservice professionals will serve as judges, including Rob DeLiema, president of BJ's Restaurants Foundation.
“It's exciting because these students are the future of the industry and what they create year after year is amazing,” said DeLiema. “ProStart provides life-changing opportunities for students and direction for potential career paths. We are proud to play a role in their development.”
The winning team will be sponsored to compete in the 2014 National ProStart Invitational May 3-5 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. First-, second- and third-place teams also will qualify for scholarships to various culinary and hospitality post-secondary programs.
About the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation: CRAEF has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and grants since its inception in 1981. CRAEF works to enhance education and training programs within the hospitality industry. ProStart is a two-year program designed to prepare high school juniors and seniors for exciting careers in foodservice.
About BJ's Restaurants Inc.: BJ's Restaurants Inc. owns and operates 147 casual dining restaurants in 17 states under the BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse or BJ's Pizza & Grill brand names. BJ's Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ's experience.