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Chef Paul Albrecht

He’s back and he’s bringing great food to the beach!

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites welcomes Zagat Magazines Godfather of Atlanta Cuisine, Chef Paul Albrecht back to Panama City Beach. He is returning as the Executive Chef of the outdoor gulf-side Indigo Bar and Grille at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Chef Paul is prepared to redefine hotel dining on Panama City Beach.

Born in Bavaria to a family with culinary roots going back over 200 years, Chef Paul was destined to be a chef. Both of his parents were successful restaurateurs and his grandfather was chef to the Austrian Hungarian Monarchy in the 19th century. The love and passion for food was in his genes.

After graduating from culinary school, he spent a few years training in kitchens throughout Germany and Switzerland and was named one of Bavaria’s youngest Master Chef’s. Word of Chef Paul’s talent eventually crossed the Atlantic and he was offered the Executive Sous Chef position at the prestigious Hotel Sonesta in Washington DC.

Partnering with the Sonesta’s Executive Chef Pano Karatassos, the two traveled to Atlanta, Georgia in 1979 and opened the now legendary, award winning restaurant – Pano’s & Paul’s.

In 1998 Chef Paul moved to Rosemary Beach for a short stay but soon chose to return to the restaurant life back in Atlanta. During his return tenure, he served as Executive Chef for several of Atlanta’s most popular dining spots such as Social Vining’s, Spice and Paul’s only to decide to “officially” retire in 2015.

With over 50+ years in the kitchen, Chef Paul has always been extremely busy both as a restaurateur and as a pioneering chef. He has won countless culinary awards, made numerous television appearances including Live with Regis & Kathie Lee and segments on CNN. Chef Paul has even hosted a dinner for a U.S. President. His passion is truly being a chef.


In other words, Chef Paul is not one to retire quietly and he really loves our beautiful beaches


With the help of the Hilton Family and Mr. Cody Kahn, Chef Paul Albrecht saw an opportunity to come back to the beach with a vision and the ability to do what he loves on the beach he loves. Make delicious food and create amazing dining experiences.

“We’re so excited Chef Paul has joined our team, his food is absolutely incredible, the menus he’s created are far and above anything we ever could have imagined for our hotel. Having someone of his caliber at our hotel is truly something special,” says Philip Colvin – Director of Marketing at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Panama City Beach takes great pride in the dining experience for all our new and returning guests. We celebrate Chef Paul’s attention to detail, his hand-crafted recipes, and his dedication to using the freshest ingredients in all his dishes. He exemplifies our devotion of providing exceptional customer service and complete guest satisfaction and we are very lucky to have him on our team.

The Indigo Bar and Grille is an outdoor gulf-front restaurant in Panama City Beach that is exclusively for guests of the beautiful Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Panama City Beach, Florida.

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