Stephen DeStefano, Director of Food & Beverage/Executive Chef, Crowne Plaza San Diego

Stephen is a Foodservice Management Professional (FMP) with the National Restaurant Association, Master Certified Food Executive (MCFE) with the International Food Service Executive Association/American Hotel Motel Association and a Certified Manager (CM) with James Madison University.

He has been on the Board of Directors with the San Diego Food & Beverage Association for over 15 years and currently is the Secretary/Treasurer of this organization.

Stephen has been the Director of Food & Beverage/Executive Chef of four different properties in San Diego County. In 1993, Stephen opened the Barona Casino until 1999 then repositioning the Travelodge Hotel into the Hilton San Diego Harbor Island Hotel, then moving to the Golden Acorn Casino & Travel Center in 2001.

Most recently Stephen has been with the Crowne Plaza San Diego. Stephen is a hands-on manager with strong computer, culinary and motivational skills with more than twenty years in Food and Beverage management positions; includes high volume, high profile corporations across the country.

Stephen has been married for 31 years to Tina Marie and resides in Ramona, California for the last 25 years. Stephen and Tina has two lovely adult daughters Nicole and Stephanie.