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Aris La Tham
(PhD Food Science & Nutrition)

The Sunfire Gourmet

Aris La Tham has been a vegetarian for 34 years and a living"raw" food vegan for the past 28 years. He was voted one of the top Vegetarian Chefs in the USA by Vegetarian Times Magazine. Vegetarian Gourmet, Health Quest, Upscale, Essence and Japan's Tarzan Fitness Magazines, and the Washington Post are just a few publications in which he has appeared. Aris was the featured Chef at the Raw Food Culinary Masters Showcase at Swept Away Resort. He has served as an Executive Food Service Consultant at Strawberry Hill Resort and is currently engaged in the training of vegan & raw food chefs for major international resorts & hotels. His healing & nutritional services are available through the "Sunfire" Detox & Health Spa in St Mary, Jamaica.

Aris was born in the Panama Canal Zone, a direct descendant of an African West Indian Family of culinary masters who has become a renowned crusader in the area of wholesome foods. He is a graduate of the California State University at Fullerton with a Masters Degree in Linguistics and a former administrator in Bilingual Education. Aris is the originator of SUNFIRE CUISINE and PARADISE PIES. SUNFIRED FOODS has been featured by Black Entertainment Television (BET), Temple University Medical School Forum, The Organic Food Producers Association of North America, The Family Channel's Body By Jake, CNBC: Alive & Wellness, ABC: Eyewitness News and CBS News. Aris was the Master Chef at the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida .

Aris is the recipient of an Honorary Doctor's Degree in Sunfired Foods Sciences from the City University of Los Angeles. He is the Culinary Master of Live Food Vegetarianism-who over the past 28 years in the food industry has won the raves of hundreds of thousands of hungry health seekers across the world.

SUNFIRE CUISINE delicacies have been catered to numerous celebrities & dignitaries including Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Barbara Streisand, Dennis Weaver, Dick Gregory, Dexter King, Marilyn and Harvey Diamond, Angela Bofil, Iyanla Vanzant, Victoras Kulvinskas, Eryka Badu, Jesse Jackson, Ben Vereen, Dr Neil Barnard, Aley Sheedi, Philip Michael Thomas, Issac Hayes, Cicely Tyson, Joe Piscopo, Senator Alcee Hastings, Sidney Potier, Eddie Albert, Susan Taylor and Ed Asner.

Aris has been sought after to participate in health seminars and catered to organizations such as:

  • The United States Congress
  • National Medical Association Convention
  • National Health Federation Convention
  • DC Commission of Public Health
  • National Health Project
  • Washington Hospital Medical Center-Cancer Institute
  • World Synergy Festival
  • Cancer Control Society Conventions
  • National Institute of Health
  • Afro Synergy Wisdom Circle Retreat
  • Ohio Commission on Mental Health
  • Whole Life Expo

Aris was the President, Cofounder, and Master Chef of Green City Market & Café in Bethesda, Maryland. He has done extensive product development consulting for Guest Services - Swept Away Resorts, The Unicorn Village - a 21st Century Marketplace, Mother's Market & Kitchen, the Beverly Hills Juice Club and Whole Foods Market and Jus' Juice at The Bob Marley Museum.

For Info Regarding Lectures, Workshops, Consultations & Catering:
Tel: 202-545-1717 E.Mail: sunfire@vegsoul.com


Aris will be presenting the following talks/workshops:

1. The Philosophy of Raw Foods

2. Raw Food Preparation Workshop/Presentation.

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