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Published on May 1, 2013
The National Restaurant Association Military Foundation (NRAMF) hosted 25 outstanding servicemen and women from Air Force and Marine Corps foodservice operations at the Culinary Institute of America-Greystone in St. Helena, Calif.
The Armed Forces Forum for Culinary Excellence, held in November 2012 is a week-long educational program aimed to develop their culinary skills.
The servicemen and women participated in interactive seminars, hands-on cooking activities, and mentoring and career-coaching sessions. The students also received guidance and feedback from CIA instructors, the event's CEO panel and members of the NRAMF, including restaurateurs, suppliers and other industry leaders.
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is a strong supporter of the military and works to build career opportunities for military personnel and veterans. Those efforts include the NRA's long-time involvement with the Air Force's John L. Hennessy Award, the Marine Corp's Major Gen. W.P.T. Hill Award, and the Air National Guard's Sgt. Kenneth Disney award programs.
More than 250,000 military veterans are employed in the restaurant industry. In the next five years, the NRA projects the number of additional employment opportunities to increase by 25,000.