Chef Dina Altieri, MS. Ed., CEC, CCE, CHE graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with an Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Culinary Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Johnson State College and a Master of Science degree in Higher Education from Walden University. Her career spans over thirty years leading restaurant and catering kitchens and as a chef educator, mentor and career coach.

Chapter President

Chef Dina Altieri, MS. Ed., CEC, CCE, CHE

Chef Altieri coached Kendall College’s celebrated ACF Culinary Knowledge Bowl team, winning multiple regional and national championships with her students. She was named national Chef Educator of the Year in 2011 and earned the Cutting Edge Award in 2015 from the ACF. 

Chef Altieri is the Director of Culinary Enterprises at UMOM New Day Centers in Phoenix, Arizona, a non-profit agency that serves individuals experiencing homelessness. She oversees Helpings Café, Residential Dining and Homegrown, a foodservice training program. The Café is a Social Enterprise, open to the public and provides real word experience to learners in training. After six weeks of training, Homegrown graduates have the skills necessary to enter the workforce as cashiers, baristas and prep cooks. She also contributes through the Membership Advisory Council for Catalyst Kitchens by FareStart, which combines social services with food service social enterprises in communities nationwide.