Chef Aaron Apling-Gilman moved to Alaska in 1986 and has called it home since returning in 1990. He studied Culinary Arts at Western Culinary Institute in Portland, OR, and graduated with Honors in 2002. He spent almost 4 years in the Southwest with stints in Phoenix, AZ, and Santa Fe, NM before returning to Alaska in 2011 to Seven Glaciers Restaurant at Alyeska Resort. While there he refined his craft and explored regional Alaska cuisine working with local farmers and fishermen to create a sense of time and place with his food. He finally left Seven Glaciers in 2019 after rising to the position of General Manager of Seven Glaciers and briefly, Executive Chef of Alyeska Resort. Since moving on he has explored many opportunities consulting for local restaurants, catering, and enjoying his newfound passion…Fatherhood! He is an avid hunter and fisherman and a novice forager.