Guest Chefts

Aaron Apling-Gilman

Chef Aaron Apling-Gilman, formally Seven Glaciers Restaurant at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska has been a recurring chef with Halibut Cove Live over the years.

Chef Aaron Apling-Gilman graduated with honors from the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon. After graduating, he quickly rose through the kitchen ranks, and by the age of 26 had achieved Executive Chef/Restaurant Manager at River’s Edge Resort in Fairbanks, Alaska. This position changed his life through many new learning experiences that eventually led to his decision to step back to continue his culinary education.

Aaron then worked as a chef under Chef Michael Rusconi at Lon’s in the boutique hotel Hermosa Inn in Phoenix, Arizona. He then moved on to take the Sous Chef position at The Old House Restaurant in Sante Fe, New Mexico under the tutelage of Chefs Brian Cooper, Eugene Staples, and Charles Kassels. Before returning to Alaska, Aaron helped Chef Charles Kassels reopen the Paradise Valley landmark, El Chorro Lodge.

Aaron is an avid fisherman and hunter, skills he aptly developed from his grandparents, and also enjoys foraging when time allows. As the Executive Chef of Seven Glaciers, Aaron brings his knowledge of the unique Alaskan culinary landscape to create an experience that is focused on guest satisfaction and education through local, Alaskan cuisine. Dealing with as many local purveyors & farmers as possible from Kenai to the Mat-Su Valley, Aaron’s goal is to establish a sense of place and broaden culinary horizons.