The Estes Park Resort is proud to welcome a new chef to their lakefront dining experience! Here is what they said about their new team member:
Chef Aaron Esserman has a simplistic approach to cooking. Growing up in a Southern family, the Tampa Bay native creates boldly flavored, deeply satisfying dishes. He also shares his exuberant, approachable cooking style with his infectious smile, laughter, and optimism. Classically trained at Johnson and Wales University at both the Denver and Miami campuses Chef Aaron brings a unique flare to his food. His approach is a perfect combination deriving from South Florida and South West Gamey cuisines.
Chef Aaron started his career in Del Ray Beach, FL as head chef of a well known family owned restaurant called Cuggini Grill and Martini Bar, a fine dining restaurant specializing in wines, seafood, and hand cut meats. After Cuggini sadly closed its doors, Chef Aaron ended up as the Sous Chef at the award winning Café Casa Blanca, a very well-known restaurant located in the historical district in Ft. Lauderdale Beach. He then welcome the opportunity to enter the Hospitality industry where he accepted a job as Line Supervisor at the Arrabelle in beautiful Vail, CO. After the "season" was over, he realized the growth and potential in the hotel industry and then moved on to Austin, TX to be the Executive Sous Chef overseeing two restaurants and a banquet department for a full service 197 room Holiday Inn managed by White Lodging Services. Chef Aaron was then transferred to the Boulder Marriott where he gained notoriety on the Denver Channel 7 News and the Boulder Daily Camera. He used this experience to join the team here at the Estes Park Resort and is excited for the success of his team and the hotel as a whole.
When he's not working, Aaron is riding his motorcycle through the Rockies, cooking at home, snowboarding, thinking about his next tattoo, gardening in the backyard, critiquing his saltwater aquarium, and spending time with his Fiancé, Kassandra, and their dogs, Maui an American bulldog, Gator a play full pit-bull, and the newest addition - a Husky named Zero.
Chef Aaron is looking forward to getting to know everyone in the community, and would love the opportunity to provide you with some of the best food you will find in town. Please join us!