New Executive Chef James Aptakin Fires Up At Hilton San Francisco Financial District

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October 13, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO -  Executive Chef James Aptakin, a Florida native, is spicing up Hilton San Francisco Financial District's kitchen with fiery Miami heat! Influenced early on by South American and Spanish flavors, Mr. Aptakin is classically trained in French cuisine. With an appetite for Pan Asian tastes, Aptakin plans to demonstrate his combined culinary passions on a splashy new menu.

Focusing first on the catering menus, Aptakin sites upscale restaurants such as Coi for inspiration, but will maintain affordable pricing. A few months down the line, Aptakin will reveal a new restaurant menu and upgraded breakfast buffet. He also plans to enhance the private dining room experience, and add a personal touch to complementing plates at the hotel's wine bar, Flyte.

Savory and Sweet
James' culinary career began at age 8 when he created his first batch of jam shortbread cookies. He realized he "could make something from nothing" when cooking, and his next stop was the US Navy galley kitchen. Aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, he earned his stripes by feeding more than 6,000 people. Upon finishing his tour of duty in Alameda, California, Aptakin honed his skills at both the California Culinary Academy and the Culinary Institute of America.

A philanthropist at heart, James strongly believes in giving back. As a chef consultant to the Boys & Girls Club of Napa, he gives cooking classes and inspiration. Co-creator of Chefs for Charity, James uses his talent to raise money for victims of tragedy. James continues to contribute, and recently competed in McCormick & Kuleto's annual Shuck & Swallow fundraiser benefitting the Marine Mammal Center.

The Winning Recipe
Competitive in nature, Aptakin has made a celebrity name for himself in the Bay Area. Accolades include first place in the Food Network Caterers Challenge, Iron Chef Tomato Competition and Oakland Jambalaya Cook Fest, to name a few. With a dash of spice, James plans to infuse his good-natured competitive spirit hotel-wide, and put the culinary team at Hilton San Francisco Financial District on the map!

About Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District is ideally located at the crossroads of the Financial District, North Beach and Chinatown. This diverse area is just steps away from the city's most popular attractions, fine international cuisine and premium shopping. Soaring 27 stories over the 'City by the Bay', this landmark hotel offers stunning panoramic views, and the perfect setting for business or leisure travel. With a modern interior decor featuring clean lines, natural elements and the ambiance of a cozy fireplace, Hilton San Francisco Financial District invites you to explore this dramatic destination.

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