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Zion Curtain Fix: An Example of Why We Offer Alcohol Training

Importance Of Alcohol Training

Back in the ‘good old days’, Utah bars and restaurants were required by law to separate alcoholic drink preparation from patrons using permanent Zion curtains. Our illustrious legislators decided to fix that problem last year, but what they came up with is even worse. The whole, sordid affair is a great example of why we offer alcohol training.

The Utah Restaurant Association makes food and alcohol safety a priority. Through our alcohol training program, students learn how to safely serve alcohol and deal with the difficult situations arising from it. Establishment operators and their staffs learn how to maintain compliance with all alcohol-related laws.

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The Utah Restaurant Association in partnership with Utah Business Magazine hosted the annual “Restaurant Industry Awards Dinner” Tuesday, May 24, 2016 in the Grand America’s Grand Ballroom. The Awards Dinner honors professionals working in the Utah Restaurant Industry. It also affords the opportunity for busy owners, chefs, operators, employees, vendors, ProStart teachers and students, businesses and industry allies to gather in support and celebration of one another and the food service industry. Below is a full list of award recipients for 2016. Congratulations to all our award recipients and our industry for an incredible year of growth, community and success.

URA Heart Of The Industry Awards
Employee of the Year: Sasha Gray –  Lagoon
Employee of the Year – Front of the House: Maria Bawden – Litza’s Pizza
Employee of the Year – Back of the House: Kendra Begay – Even Steven’s
Chef of the Year: Chef Dave Jones – Log Haven
Bartender of the Year: Scott Gardner – HSL

New Concept Awards
Quick Service: Jersey Mike’s Subs
Fast Casual: Pizzeria Limone
Fine Dine: HSL Restaurant

Lifetime Achievement: Jeanie Palmer – The Pie Pizzeria
Golden Spoon Award (Restaurateur of the Year): Eric & Scott Slaymaker
Silver Platter (Industry Ally): Utah Business Magazine & Sam Urie
Hall Of Fame: Tom Guinney – Gastronomy Inc.
ProStart Teacher Of The Year: Rebecca Sagers of Fremont High School
Sysco Intermountain ProStart Scholarship: Hailey Jefferies of Bonneville High School


BAKE 360, Ballard Hog Farm, Beehive Cheese, Beltex Meats, Benja’s Thai & Sushi, Billy Blanco’s, Black Sheep Cafe, The Bluebird Restaurant, The Buffalo Grill, Chili Beak, Communal, The Copper Onion, Even Stevens, First Frost Farm, Grub Steak Restaurant, Handle,  J&G Grill, Log Haven, Malena’s Cafe, Maddox Ranch House, Mandarin, Market Street Grill, Mazza, Mesa Farm Market,  Milt’s Stage Stop, Milt’s Stop & Eat, Moab Brewery, Morgan Valley Lamb / Jones Creek Beef, Mountain View Mushrooms, Naked Fish Japanese Bistro,  Roosters Brewing Co, Rosehill Dairy, Slide Ridge Honey,  Solstice Chocolate, Stone Ground Bakery, Sunglow Cafe, Taqueria 27 and Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli.


Green Team Mentor chef: Briar Handly

Team:  Daniel Funk,  Darby Gundry,  Alex Ghilchrist, Nena Carlstrom


Blue Team Mentor Chef: Logen Crew

Team: Xander Melandez, Sage Rieben, Samantha Anderson, Katie Jensen


Red Team Mentor Chef: Viet Pham

Team: Hallie Mckell, Madeline Black, Lauren Ostler, Gabriel Orullian



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And The Winner Of Utah ProStart TEEN Chef Masters is…

The Utah Restaurant Association is thrilled to announce the winner of Utah ProStart TEEN Chef Masters…

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Daniel Funk!

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And his incredible mentor chef….

Briar Handly of Handle Restaurant in Park City Utah!


Daniel Funk is awarded a 4 year scholarship to the prestigious

Johnson & Wales University

Mentor Chef Briar Handly wins a trip to the culinary capital Paris, France.

What an exciting first season for all aspiring teen chefs and Utah’s restaurant Industry.   We hope all TCM fans are eating out often and proud to support the rising talent in our great state.  Join us for a special Meet & Greet the teen cast of Teen Chef Masters during the 2016 Utah ProStart State Finals and Career Fair.  Stay tuned for season 2 Auditions coming this summer. Need to catch up on saeson 1 of Utah ProStart TEEN Chef Masters?  Click here to watch the entire season.





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