Michael Deihl, CEC, CCA, AAC, ACE
Candidate for Southeast Region Vice President
As a proud member of the American Culinary Federation spanning three decades, it is truly an honor to be considered a candidate for the 2013 Southeast Regional Vice-Presidency. As chefs, educators, bakers, pastry chefs, research chefs and students, it is paramount to remember, “We’re all in this together!” No one chef can make this Federation the best culinary organization in the world. However, one chef with the right vision, dedication, professionalism and leadership experience can inspire us all to take our Federation to the top for generations to come. I believe I am that chef!
Michael Deihl, CEC, CCA, AAC, ACE
Michael Deihl has found a culinary home as the Executive Chef of the prestigious East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, home of the PGA Tour Championship and FedEx Cup Championship. Chef Deihl has completed his 40th year in the Food & Beverage industry and constantly comments on how much he still learns every day in the kitchen. Chef Deihl has overseen kitchens at some of the finer country clubs, hotels, restaurants and catering facilities on the East Coast. Chef Deihl has also taught culinary arts as an adjunct professor for 15 years.
Michael has been featured on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta and Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta. Chef Deihl has been published in The National Culinary Review, Hilton Head Monthly, Current Diversions, Flavors Magazine, Georgia Restaurant Forum and has had numerous features written about him in newspapers and magazines. Chef Deihl has won ACF and local culinary awards in Hot Food, Cold Food and Ice Carving. Michael was voted by his peers as ACF Chapter Chef of the Year in 1998 & 2006, Humanitarian of the Year in 2005 and was named the Georgia Restaurant Association’s 2007 Grace Award Winner for Distinguished Community Service. Along with being presented the International Citizenship Award in 2006 by the World Chefs Scholarship Foundation, Chef Deihl was named 2010 Atlanta Chef of the Year by the United Culinary Chefs Association. Michael has served as President and Chairman of the Board of the Hilton Head Island Chefs Association and is the president of the ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter. Michael is a Certified Executive Chef, a Certified Culinary Administrator, ACE Certified and a member of the ACF Honor Society, the American Academy of Chefs.
Michael is also chairman of the culinary advisory committee of the HEFG, Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia, the ACF Southeast Assistant Vice-President, ACF Southeast Ethics Chair and the ACF State of Georgia Coordinator. Michael is the co-founder of Operation Chefs Unite which in conjunction with the USO has fed over a million soldiers passing through the Atlanta Airport. Chef Deihl has helped coached numerous Atlanta Junior Hot Food Teams and High School Pro Start Culinary Teams. Chef Deihl’s Teams won Silver and Gold Medals in the regional finals and advanced to the Pro Start National Finals competition. Michael was one of three ACF Chefs in the Nation invited to the White House for his charitable work with the Chefs Move program for 2011.
Michael has given himself to a lifetime of charitable endeavors helping others in his local community and beyond. In 2009 Chef Deihl was awarded an Honorary Ambassadorship by the Aruban Minister of Tourism for his work promoting the Aruban culinary arts worldwide and working with the young culinary students on the island preparing them for a better life as professional chefs.