Chef – Helgi Olafson

Rotational Chef Helgi Olafson Lady Elaine yacht

(ROTATIONAL) Helgi was born in Canada and raised there until the age of 6, when he moved with his parents and older brother to The Big Island of Hawaii. When Helgi turned 13, he moved with his mom and his brother to Sarasota, Florida to attend Pine View School for the Academically Gifted.

Following a passion for building his food knowledge, he has lived and worked in high-end restaurants in Florid, Arizona, Oregon, Hawaii, Montana and Texas. Helgi’s passion for adventure has brought him to the yachting industry in 2011, working aboard classic yachts and Superyachts in Alaska, Southeast Florida, Panama, Bermuda and the Caribbean.

Not only does Helgi have 23 years of culinary experience, but also he has had the opportunity to work as a Casting Food Judge for FOX Network’s hit TV show, MasterChef US with Gordon Ramsay. Helgi believes that food should be simple and true to the ingredients in each dish, using the freshest and most local produce and proteins.

Helgi has been a professional and hobbyist carpenter and landscaper in the past. He believes in sustainability and giving back to the communities where he lives and works. As an arborist, he was an integral part of the relief efforts of catastrophic hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, Irma, and Ian. He has also aided in the relief efforts in Mt. Hood National Forest to reopen trails that were destroyed from the infamous 2017 Eagle Creek Fire.

Helgi is n accomplished ultra-endurance athlete in his spare time. Fitness is a primary focus in his life. He has completed marathons and iron distance triathlons, as well s ultramarathons of varying distance. In 2018, Helgi became one of the 39 people in the world to have ever completed the Triple Crown of 200s, which is a series that consists of three non-stop 200+ mile ultramarathons in 10 weeks, totaling 650 miles and 100,000 feet of elevation gain. In 2021, Helgi completed the same series a second time, but this time connecting the three races in between for a total of 2,850 human powered miles in 61 days, being the first and only person to ever complete a TransTriple Crown of 200s. In October of 2023, Helgi finished his 14th 200+ mile ultramarathon and third Triple Crown. Helgi has ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a degenerative autoimmune arthritis. He promotes “movement as medicine” and raises awareness of his condition in partnership with the Spondylitis Association of America.

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