Tom D. Makes BMA Comeback, Trading Books for Butcher Block

Left: Early days of Tom with mentor Sal. Right: Same passion for cooking with added wisdom!


This February, BMA announced the hiring of alumnus Peter Ireland ‘92 as executive chef for the 2018-2019 academic year.

On the heels of this announcement, BMA is pleased to announce that Tom DeCarlo, former BMA Director of Academics and English teacher, will join Ireland’s kitchen crew in an assistant chef capacity. DeCarlo will team up with Nate Maleski who was a chef this current academic year.

“I am honored to be joining Pete and Nate in the new BMA nutrition program,” expresses DeCarlo. “While this time around the sauce concocted won’t include Homer and Shakespeare, this talented team will continue the theme of teaching, learning, and nourishing the body and the soul.”

DeCarlo’s passion for food runs deep, having had his first experiences in the kitchen at the age of 9.

“I first stepped into the kitchen of Provincetown’s famed Sal’s Place in 1963 at the age of nine,” he explains. “My father, one of Sal’s best friends, asked Sal to give me some work to keep me off the streets. That first day, the bottom of my white apron dangled at my ankles,” he recalls.

“I was immediately hooked on the vibe of Sal’s kitchen,” he adds. “I peeled garlic and sliced mushrooms to the music of Nina Simone and Miles Davis.”

DeCarlo’s experiences under Sal’s mentorship paved the way to more than a decade of work in the dining industry prior to joining the BMA community as a teacher.

“Sal insisted that everything be fresh and prepared by hand. Eventually, I learned how to clean the striped bass and blues landed at Sal’s wharf. A few hours later those same fish were broiled and served to elated diners,” he adds.

“I worked at Sal’s for twenty-five seasons, eventually taking ownership. The iconic Sal’s Place still thrives in Provincetown today.”

Until the new dining services kick into full gear for the next academic year, you’ll find Tom pumping some iron in the RBC!

“I’m so excited for Tom’s return to campus and our new dining services team as a whole,” says Willy Booker ‘96, Head of School. “Not only will this team bring a fresh new vision for how we fuel our student-athletes but they will also contribute on a meaningful personal level given their past connection to the academy and their intimate knowledge of our unique culture,” he concluded.