Headshot of Chef Gary Appelsies wearing a blue chefs coat with the YMCA logo on it

Get Expert Help in the Kitchen

Chef Gary Appelsies has a passion for teaching the community about living a balanced lifestyle, and it’s made him a leader of healthy eating in Central Florida.

Chef Gary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts and a Master’s Degree in Integrative Nutrition. He’s been in the wellness industry for more than 30 years and is the co-founder of Culinary Cares, an organization that supports the community in times of need. Gary also serves alongside other Florida chefs through the James Beard Foundation to create a better food system for central Floridians. In conjunction with the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Chef Gary spearheaded the Culinary Medicine program, bringing medical students into the YMCA to teach the importance of healthy eating.

Fill out the form below to ask your questions about healthy eating and Chef Gary will get back to you within one to two business days. Select a topic and, if you have a more specific question, fill it in. Be sure to let us know the best method to contact you. Chef Gary will be in touch soon!

Get in Touch with Chef Gary