Thomas Macrina says finding seasoned, qualified cooks is his biggest challenge as executive chef at the Desmond Great Valley Hotel and Conference Center in Malvern, Pa. The shortage of trained employees is a problem many chefs and operators face, and as the recently elected national chairman of the American Academy of Chefs, the honor society of the American Culinary Federation, Macrina says he is planning to take the organization’s mentoring and scholarship efforts to the next level with ...

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