Aaron is a Filipino American chef born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. After graduating from the University of Washington, Aaron attended the Seattle Culinary Academy while working in the Basque focused Spanish restaurant, The Harvest Vine. In 2010, Aaron then joined Intellectual Venture’s Modernist Cuisine team lead by Nathan Myrvohld, working as an R&D Chef for over five years. During his time with Modernist Cuisine, Aaron had the opportunity to travel to Paris to stage with Michelin-starred chef, David Toutain, as a means to understand the Modernist approach through the lens of French gastronomy.
Aaron has been engaged in the Filipino American community for many years and has been able to focus his activism in the food industry as a founder of ILAW: A Coalition of Filipino Food & Beverage Professionals in the Pacific Northwest. Established in 2017, Aaron and his ILAW colleagues work to empower Filipino-owned food and beverage businesses by providing opportunities for collaboration and promotion of Filipino cuisine.
Through Archipelago, Aaron has been able to marry his love for the craft of cooking with the flavors of his Filipino roots.