Georgia Department of Agriculture

Seeking Applicants for 2013 Georgia Grown Executive Chef Program

Partnership between Georgia Grown campaign and Georgia Restaurant Association enters second year

Commissioner Gary W. Black and the Georgia Restaurant Association today announced that they are seeking applicants for the Georgia Grown Executive Chef Program, which promotes the Department’s Georgia Grown campaign statewide.

Now entering its second year, the program offers participating chefs a mark of honor and distinction, while increasing awareness for both restaurateurs and consumers about which local Georgia products are available for the cooking season.

“After the successes of last year’s program, I am excited to see this alliance continue to grow,” Black states. “The partnership between Georgia Grown and the Georgia Restaurant Association enables us to further promote and foster connections between Georgia farmers and local chefs. Our state has a great deal of culinary talent – we need to use this talent for showcasing our locally grown produce and goods.”

The Inaugural Georgia Grown Executive Chefs were:

  • Holly Chute, Executive Chef, Georgia Governor’s Mansion;
  • Michael Deihl, CEC CCA AAC, Executive Chef, East Lake Golf Club;
  • Kevin Gillespie, Executive Chef, Woodfire Grill Atlanta; and
  • Hilary White, Executive Chef, The Hil, A Restaurant at Serenbe

These Chefs, along with representatives from the GRA and Georgia Grown, will help to select the 2013 Georgia Grown Executive Chefs. The application process is open as of Nov. 1 and will continue through Jan.11, 2013. Chefs may apply online at

"We’re looking for the best of the best - chefs who know the value of local food and want to share that message throughout Georgia," said GRA Executive Director Karen Bremer. "That's why this partnership makes so much sense – we are highlighting the quality of Georgia Grown products through the outstanding talent of local Executive Chefs."

As the program continues, it will create a pathway for consumers to find Georgia Grown in their communities in order to support local, seasonal foods when dining out. It also aims to highlight and involve public school culinary education and school food nutrition in terms of increased opportunities for Georgia Grown products, training and recipe development.

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the four selected chefs will be announced at the Taste of Georgia Legislative Reception, held at The Freight Depot from 5:30-7:30.

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