Derek Larsen joins the Peachtree Hills family as our Executive Chef of Culinary Services. Derek previously trained at the Art Institute of Atlanta and has worked in the field of Culinary Arts for the last 20 years. His experience has spanned from private catering services to a variety of upscale dining establishments throughout Atlanta. Derek thrives off of new challenges and thoroughly enjoys experimenting with new cuisines. In his past experiences, he has trained under many local Atlanta chefs, such as Chef Paul Albrecht. Derek considers Chef Paul as a mentor and even more so like a father and recognizes that his old school German techniques are unheard of in this day and age. Throughout the past two decades Derek has assisted in the opening and operating of multiple restaurant locations. His knowledge of regional cuisine has molded his own unique style of cooking. His passion and attention to detail flourish through his culinary dishes and he delights in creating memorable dining experiences for his guests. He looks forward to this new venture with Peachtree Hills Place and connecting with its members.
Chef Derek Larsen is a native of Staten Island, NY and moved to Conyers at the age of 13. Outside of the kitchen, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 12 years, Diana and his children Nicholas and Noah. He often spends time with his children enjoying their hobbies, football and video games. He has a love for the outdoors and taking trips to the mountains, as well as watching soccer games at Mercedes Benz Stadium.
Favorite foods: Any and all home cooked/homestyle meals. A Whole roasted chicken and potatoes. My mom’s chicken Parmesan with angel hair pasta. Just find comfort and reminds me of childhood.
Food bucket list: I want to make it to Spain and Italy. Spain because of my recent venture at Under the Cork Tree, showed me the culture in which they eat, the small plates, family, social gathering, everyone shares around a table full of different varieties of food. Italy for homestyle meal feeling, like the saying every great Italian kitchen has someone grandmother in the back making her family recipes.
Food guilty pleasure: Would have to be Krispy Creme Donuts and a Woodfire Pizza. Those warm donuts right out the fryer hard to resist. And light crispy almost burnt wood fired pizza can never turn down.