Thomas “Tom” J. Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC
Candidate for National President
As national president, I will commit to serve you professionally, be accountable and service-oriented. I will use the relationships I have developed throughout ACF to contribute to the continued success of this organization.
I will work to help members maintain their professional membership while nurturing our mutual growth. To that end, I offer this five-point focus to promote our organization and the wider world of foodservice:
- Foster a diverse, professional membership
- Strengthen local chapters
- Reinforce ACF’s programs to meet industry needs
- Strengthen the ACF brand
- Embrace members’ needs
Meeting the needs of members is my greatest goal. Vote for me and a successful future for ACF.
Tom Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC
Thomas “Tom” J. Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC
Executive Chef, Product Specialist Manager US Foods
Tom graduated from Norristown Area High School and the Center for Technical Studies Culinary Arts program in 1974. He studied at the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y., from 1974 to 1976 and graduated with an A.O.S. degree with High Honors.
From 1977 to 1980 he was executive chef at the Downingtown Inn Resort. Tom also was executive chef at the Clayton Plaza Hotel in Saint Louis from 1980 to 1981. He was named corporate executive chef of Tabas Enterprises, Philadelphia, from 1981 to 1997. While there he directed the operations for the Riverfront Complex, Twelve Caesars, City line Dinner Theatre, the Admirals Club, Daniels Restaurant, Jakes Bistro, The Tabas Hotel and the Regency Palace Hotel. In 1997 he took the executive chef position with the Desmond Great Valley Hotel and Conference Center in Philadelphia which he held until late 2011. Tom is presently the Executive Chef/Product Specialist Manager for US Foods Philadelphia Division.
Letters of nomination attest to Chef Macrina’s professional growth and educational involvement:
“If one phrase could sum up the Tom Macrina I know, it would simply be ‘he did and continues to do the right thing, never looking for anything in return for himself…’”
“His involvement with young culinarians through teaching, coaching and mentoring is very admirable and worthwhile…”
“Tom’s career in the culinary arts represents all that is good about public education… Not only has he excelled professionally, but he stays involved in the educational process by teaching, providing jobs for young people in the industry and staying active in his professional Organizations.”
Tom served in 1997 through 2005 as the National Apprentice Chair for the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation. He was also the coach the ACF Culinary Youth Team for the 2004 IKA “culinary Olympics” (Germany) and is the current Business Manager for the ACF Culinary Team USA, a position he has held since 2009.
Some of Chef Macrina’s other duties and accomplishments include sitting on the advisory boards for the Salvation Army and the Red Cross, Star Chef of the March of Dimes (Philadelphia Committee), Home of the Sparrow Culinary Chair (West Chester, Pennsylvania) and member of the Chefs and Clefs Dinner Committee for the National Kidney Foundation.
Over the course of Tom’s culinary career he has earned numerous awards. He has won several ACF medals (two bronze, two silver and two gold in individual culinary competitions. He has received four Presidential Medallions, 2003 ACF Award for Culinary Excellence, 2001 Chapter President of the Year, 1997 Northeast Region Chef of the Year, 1987 Philadelphia Chef of the Year; 2000 American Academy of Chefs (AAC) Service Award, 2003 AAC Good Taste Award, 2008 AAC Chairs Medal, 2009 International Culinarian of the Year, 2010 International Educator of the Year and in 2003 Chef Macrina was recognized by the March of Dimes with the Guy Presperian Award for his charitable work.
Chef Macrina holds several memberships, here are a few: ACF Philadelphia Chapter, a fellow of the American Academy of Chefs, Honorable Order of the Golden Toque, Escoffier Society of Chicago, a disciple of Escoffier, Chaine D’ Rotisserie and the Brandywine Chapter of the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association.
Tom and his wife, Catherine are parents of four children and grandparents to three. He enjoys every minute with them.