Port Huron chef receives national recognition

Chef Tom Recinella, Dean of Culinary at Baker College and its Culinary Institute of Michigan in Port Huron, is once again in the news.

Chef Recinella has been appointed to the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC) as the Central Region Education Representative.

He will soon begin training to become a Site Visit Lead Evaluator, a role which will see him visiting culinary schools in the central region and determining their qualifications for educational program grants of accreditation.

It’s national recognition for the work he has accomplished locally at the Culinary Institute of Michigan, or CIM.

“It’s imperative to have seasoned chefs and educators serving on the commission and overseeing policy that is relevant and impactful to culinary schools and the industry,” says Chef Recinella. “For myself and the CIM team, it is an honor to have one of our own taking an active role in helping to shape and move the accreditation process forward to meet the challenges and demands of the future, for our industry and its academics.”

CIM students have won hundreds of culinary competition medals over the years. In 2019, for example, two of Chef Recinella’s students took home gold medals at the SKILLS USA Post Secondary Michigan State Championship.

According to a release, “CIM Port Huron is currently under its initial ACFEFAC accreditation grant for its culinary arts and baking and pastry programs, and will be eligible to receive consideration for exemplary status upon its ACFEFAC site visit.”

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