Resort Food Executive Committee

Kim Dietrich

1931-2012

Kim Dietrich

With the passing of Chef Kim Dietrich, Founder of the Resort Food Executives Committee (RFEC), chefs from around the country have shared their memories and thoughts on his influence on the resort culinary industry.

RFEC Chefs Remember

Beat Giger

Beat Giger

Beat Giger of Pebble Beach remembers Kim as a great chef, mentor and true professional.

"I am thankful for Kim's guidance and leadership and will always remember him with highest respect."

"He will be in my heart forever."



Beat Giger, C.E.C., A.A.C.
Director of Special Events / Corporate Chef
Pebble Beach Resorts


Brent Wertz

Brent E. Wertz

Kim gave this leadership advice to Brent Wertz of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, "strong leadership is hard to find and harder to keep, mostly because today's leaders are praised for their forward thinking and ability to evolve a company or cause."

"True leadership also values its beginning, learns from experience and never forgets the past while mentoring the future."



Brent Wertz, C.E.C., A.A.C.
Past RFEC President


Rhys Lewis

Rhys Lewis

"I looked up to him and listened to his advice."

"Good men are meant to be missed, Kim Dietrich will be missed".

Rhys Lewis
Executive Chef
Woodstock Inn


Todd Rogers

Todd Rogers

Remembering his first RFEC meeting.

"I was taken by the humble greeting and surprised at the camaraderie and genuine friendly environment of all these talented Chefs in what could have been a huge ego clash of the titans." Kim represented and stood for the character of the chef and a true professional of an RFEC chef.

Todd Rogers
Past RFEC President
Corporate Executive Chef
St. Joe Club and Resorts


Peter Pahk

Peter Pahk

As I sit writing this at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, the memory of Kim lives on through emloyees touched by Kim and Pat's aloha, friendship and leadership. They remember him as a chef who loved to give young cooks an opportunity to grow and challenge themselves in new positions in his brigade.

As I was speaking to Pat on the phone, she asked me if Birdie still worked there as she had no number for her. Birdie is still in room service and it was a pleasure to connect them together after all these years. It was like yesterday for them.. touching.

My relationship with Kim was cool because as I was a "mainland" boy we could start talking pidgeon and reminisce about the days in Hawaii. He was a joy to be around and always reminded me of the classic days of cheffing.. I was a high school runt when Kim was executive chef here at Mauna Kea... he was cheffing when my career as a chef wasn't even on the horizon...lots to admire and emulate.

It was great to hang out with the "old men" at our RFEC conferences and talk story.

Kim, may you rest in peace and may your ashes bless the land and sea where it will be scattered... aloha ka kou!!

Chef Peter Pahk
Past RFEC President

That The Future May Learn From The Past