“CRAEF is thrilled to receive this generous support from The Cheesecake Factory Oscar and Evelyn Overton Charitable Foundation for the second year,” said Alycia Harshfield, the foundation’s director. “Last year, California teams swept the national competition thanks to the foundation’s commitment to the future of the industry, as well as the company providing employees to mentor the management team. We’re sure whoever heads to nationals this year will also make us proud.”
Both the state and national competitions are divided into two distinct events. Culinary students prepare a three-course meal using two butane burners, while management students will develop and present a business proposal for a new restaurant concept, including a supporting menu, a marketing plan and a detailed design.
First-, second- and third-place teams from both events 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 The Cheesecake Factory Oscar and Evelyn Overton Charitable Foundation: Named for the company’s founders, the Oscar and Evelyn Overton Charitable Foundation exists to fulfill its mission through enhancing the wellbeing of its surrounding communities, both in the United States and around the world. The non-profit was created not only as a means to raise funds for worthy causes, but also to unite the company’s caring and conscientious staff members in charitable causes and disaster relief efforts. For more information, go online at www.thecheesecakefactory.com.