The Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF) is proud to announce Chef Rhonda Obenhaus, Caprock High School, Amarillo, Texas is the 2015 Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation Educator Excellence Award recipient. The award will be presented at the 2015 Night of Excellence in conjunction with TRA Marketplace, June 27 in Dallas. Chef Obenhaus has taught at Caprock High School for seven years, for Canyon ISD for five years, and was Executive Chef at local restaurant Macaroni Joe's in 2013. In addition to teaching, she operates her own catering service, Farmhaus Dining, which specializes in farm-to-table Southern fare. She strives to impart service-based learning her students. Using a quote by Chef Charles Carroll, she teaches her students "We are ladies and gentleman, serving ladies and gentlemen." Chef Obenhaus bases the majority of her lessons outside of the classroom by partnering with restaurateurs that are members of the Texas Restaurant Association to give her students experiences in real-world work environments. Over the past 13 years she has built strog relationships between the Amarillo restaurant industry and her students; helping them to be successful now and into the future. Chef Obenhaus was certified as a Chef Educator in Culinary Essentials by Johnson and Wales University in Miami in 2009 after earning a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Texas Tech University in 2002. The TRAEF Educator Excellence Award honors an instructor in a Texas ProStart program who is dedicated to helping their students achieve the highest levels of success in high school culinary arts and hospitality education. It is sponsored by Auto-Chlor and Texas Beef Council. Texas ProStart, the TRA Education Foundation's flagship program, is a two-year high school culinary and hospitality program that prepares students for post-secondary education, and careers in the restaurant industry. The Foundation supports the program by connecting schools with restaurateurs, providing instructor training and mentoring students. Currently, there are 220 high schools offering Texas ProStart, reaching more than 20,000 students each year.