Diana DeLucia is an internationally acclaimed Australian photographer and journalist who now resides in Avon, Connecticut, U.S.A.
As one of the publishers of Restaurant Insider Magazine, she developed a superb reputation for capturing incredible detail photographing famous chefs and their culinary creations. During her career, she has worked with many well-known chefs and restaurateurs, including Sirio Maccioni, Lidia Bastianich, Charlie Trotter, Daniel Boulud, Gordon Ramsay, Thomas Keller and many more.
In 2010, Diana uncovered a unique opportunity to explore the concept of bringing a new lens to the convergence of food and golf. Her “proof of concept” book Golf Club World, Behind the Gates exceeded expectations, and confirmed her thoughts about this exciting community of golfers and international travelers who were truly passionate about both golf and fine dining. Golf Club World included interviews, photographs, recipes with wine pairings, history, and stories from unique golf venues around the world.
With the concept proven, Diana set out on her journey around the globe to capture the experience of the culinary arts in golf’s top kitchens. This proved to be popular and thus her concept Golf Kitchen was born. Her travels will now take everyone on her journey across the USA, and internationally to Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Dominican Republic, Dubai, Puerto Rico – and more. Golf Kitchen, the high class 568 page "coffee table" book officially launched at Winged Foot Golf Club in November 2016 at a Friends of James Beard Foundation Dinner featuring chefs from participating global Golf Kitchen teams.
Diana’s passion for highlighting talented Chefs in the Golf world has inspired a culinary movement across the world at golf clubs and resorts. As she challenges these golf destinations, she knows that awareness of enhancing the golf culinary lifestyle can bring more enjoyment to the game – and help sustain the growth of golf and travel worldwide.
Diana has since created Golf Kitchen Magazine, a luxury biannual print publication and a second book in the Golf Kitchen series is in production titled Golf Kitchen America.
Diana has held two successful events in conjunction with Punta Mita, Mexico and established the Golf Kitchen Culinary Excellence Awards in 2018 at Edgewood Country Club in New Jersey, in 2019 at GlenArbor Golf Club, Bedford Hills, New York. The 2020 awards will once again be hosted by GlenArbor Golf Club on September 10th, 2020.
Header photo: Sebonack Golf Club clubhouse interior