Aaron furmanek, cooking instructor
Aaron Furmanek joined the Saltbox team in summer 2016 as Cooking Instructor, charged with leading and growing The Cooking School at Saltbox Farm. As Cooking Instructor, Aaron creates new class themes highlighting seasonal produce, culinary techniques and dives deep into world cuisine. Aaron leads classes for the public as well as private events like bridal showers, birthday parties and other special occasions. He plans to incorporate some of his academic experience gained while in graduate school to develop a year-round curriculum for students at The Cooking School who wish to pursue a more thorough culinary education.
Originally on track for a career in writing and publishing, Aaron became more and more involved in the culinary world he was using to support his studies. While pursing his Master’s degree at Portland State University, Aaron worked the morning shift in the kitchen at the Hilton Hotel Portland and a neighborhood bistro, Petisco, where Aaron eventually rose to the top kitchen position. It was there he changed course and decided to pursue cooking as a career. In 2013, Aaron decided to head east to be closer to family and cook full time. After arriving in Boston, Aaron began working as a test cook for America’s Test Kitchen, then moved on to Centre Street Cafe in Jamaica Plain, MA, where he soon earned a sous chef position.
In his free time, Aaron plays trombone, shares his Simpsons knowledge with anyone who will listen and goes for walks. Aaron lives in Roxbury, MA with his partner Danielle and their dog, Appa.