Hello, my name is Kevin Bennett. I am so looking forward to being the Chef at Bear Trail Lodge for the 2020 Summer season. I spent about 25 years working at corporate restaurants as both a chef and front of house manager. Cooking and watching Food Network has been a long-time hobby of mine that pointed me in the direction of the private chef sector. I was the number one ranked chef at the Aggressor dive boat franchise. I spent the summer of 2019 as a chef in Sitka and am looking forward to returning to cook some amazing meals for everyone coming to Bear Trail Lodge this summer.
Celia has gone ice trekking to an albino glacier summit in the Southernmost city in the world, received her Divemaster certification at a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for some of the strongest and deadliest currents, and sailed on a 10-day voyage across the South Pacific. When she’s not out adventuring in the world, much of her passion revolves around deepening her practice in yoga, and learning more about food and wine gaining inspiration from her travels. Her roots in food culture started at a young age with her parents owning a small restaurant and catering business. Since then she’s also worked in fine dining, assisted Chef Kevin on a luxury liveaboard yacht, worked the kitchen at a yoga retreat community center, and with menu design alongside caterers, food vendors, and restaurants as an event planner. Originally from Southern California, she now considers her home to be on the Big Island in Hawaii. This is her first season in Alaska!
Dana lives in Forks, Washington where she has owned a barbershop for 12 years and is known as the “Queen of the Clippers”. Prior to working with Bear Trail Lodge she spent time in a remote camp on the Alagnak river. She now oversees all the housekeeping and serving staff for us here at Bear Trail. Some of her other interests include going to the gym, traveling, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and anything else that takes her outdoors.
Rachel is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in Anthropology who wandered to Alaska in 2000 and has been wandering here and around the world ever since. She spent the winter of 2017 hiking the 500 mile Camino de Santiago in Spain, has explored Mexico, Tahiti and Washington DC, just this year! She has also been a past resident of Alaska but currently calls Portland home. She loves spending time on the water and encourages our visitors to visit the Naknek beach and Brooks camp, they are amazing places and loves to fish herself with a preference for sightfishing and dry flies.
Linda previously lived in Alaska for ten years but now calls Idaho home. She loves Alaska and her time spent here. After she left she just had to return to reconnect with family and friends in Bristol Bay and we are REALLY glad she did! Now she enjoys the best of both worlds, Alaska in the summer and her son, daughter, 4 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and the cutest little teacup poodle you ever did see, Gingersnap, in the winter. She also enjoys working on her photography skills, walking, and of course fishing.
Aurora was born and raised in King Salmon, Alaska with her parents and two sisters. This is her first year with us at Bear Trail Lodge. Both of her sisters have been part of the Bear Trail team in prior years and she spent several years participating in the swim team Nanci coached. She enjoys four wheeling like any Alaskan, and playing volleyball and hanging out with her friends. In the future Aurora wants to attend college and travel to other states with her friends.
Cassie has lived in California for the last three years but was born and raised in Texas. This is her first time to Alaska and she brought her puppy Sebastian to help out at the lodge. They both work hard as part of your team serving dinner and keeping everything clean and shiny, her skills are quite good, Sebastian still requires a bit of coaching, but he’s always willing to give everything a try! They also enjoy kayaking, hiking, reading, and playing with the rest of the fur babies around the lodge.
Sarah is from Rose Valley Washington and is joining us for her ninth year as a Bear Trail team member. She is affectionately called another daughter of Nancis or a sister of Rylie's because she pretty much grew up at the lodge. Sarah has accomplished lots in her short life like winning the Washington State High School Equestrian award, has studied abroad in Italy for a year, and is now about to enter her 4th year studying law at Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington. She loves Alaska and it keeps her coming back every year.
Logan’s grandpa and his great-grandpa have been visiting Bear Trail Lodge every year since 1987 to fish kings with Nanci. This is Logan’s third year working here at the Lodge as a dock hand and fly out guide. During the winter he lives in Lewiston, Idaho where he enjoys hunting, fishing, riding dirt bikes, and anything else that takes place in the outdoors. He loves learning new things and exploring the wonders of his surroundings.
Cedric was born and raised in Bristol Bay and has been a familiar face around Bear Trail Lodge since 2015. His mother and sister are also part of the Bear Trail gang and help out at the lodge during the winter season. Cedric attended the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy and completed his private pilots license just last year, right here in Bristol Bay and now he plans to become a pilot for a lodge in the area, hopefully Bear Trail Lodge.
Cord is a resident of Bristol Bay and will be a freshman this fall at Bristol Bay High School. He loves growing up here and truly enjoys the beauty Bristol Bay offers. One of his favorite ways to enjoy the area is to travel up Big Creek in the early morning. The favorite thing he enjoys about being a part of the Bear Trail team is the smiles on everyones faces. He hopes to follow in his moms footsteps and become a pastor in the future, he has already had his first opportunity to actually preach this summer and he LOVED it!!!
Jay is a mis-placed Kentuckian who has spent most of his life in Alaska. He graduated Bristol Bay High School and during his time in school was hired on a work study program by NEA, the local electric cooperative. After graduating he attended AVTEC a vocational school located in Seward, Alaska to attain multiple degrees in mechanics. He now works full time as a lead mechanic on the night shift for NEA, making sure the lights stay on throughout Bristol Bay. We also are lucky to have him taking care of the fleet of vehicles at Bear Trail Lodge. When he’s not working, Jay likes to weld, hunt, fish and explore on his four wheeler or work on his restoration of a WWII Jeep.
Barry is a born and raised Bristol Bay resident, he just graduated from Bristol Bay Borough School this past fall with honors! He is a new addition to the Bear Trail team that we hope stays on board for a while. You may not see him a lot, he works behind the scenes in the kitchen and we hope to get some additional time out of his busy, duel job schedule and have him work on lodge maintenance as well. He plans on sticking around Bristol Bay for another year or two before he does some exploring of the rest of the world. Barry loves working here because of the great people on the Bear Trail Team and we are glad to have him because he is one of them!