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Sunfired Food Scientist
Linguist & Educator
The 2004 Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America acclaims:
‘…the raw food movement owes much to Aris LaTham,
a native of Panama, he is considered to be the father of gourmet
ethical vegetarian raw foods cuisine in America. He debut his
raw food creations in 1979, when he started Sunfired Foods,
a live-foods company in New York City. In the years since he
has trained thousands of raw food chefs and added innumerable
recipes to his repertoire…’
Aris LaTham spent his early higher education years at the University
of Legon in Ghana, as well New York University, and graduated
from the College of Staten Island (CUNY) with a B.A. in Education
and Spanish. He also completed graduate studies at California
State University Fullerton, with majors in Linguistics and Bilingual
Education, where he was a polyglot scholar of Swahili, Sanskrit,
Arabic, Ebonics and Italian.
As an educator, professor LaTham taught Spanish, Swahili and
English as a Second Language (ESL) at the secondary school level
in New York City and the State of New Jersey. He was on the
faculty of California’s College of San Mateo, Fullerton
Community College, and Sullivan Language Institute.
He also taught at Cornell University in New York and Brown University
in Rhode Island. Mr. LaTham was an administrator at the Tankanyka
International School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He also rendered
administrative services as a Bilingual Curriculum Writer and
Second Language Acquisition Specialist for the San Francisco
and San Bernardino Unified School Districts in California. Mr.
LaTham was honored as a keynote presenter to the 36th World
Vegetarian Congress in Florianopolis, Brazil.
Aris was born in the Panama Canal Zone, a direct descendant
of an African-Caribbean family of Culinary Griots who has become
a world renowned crusader in the area of wholesome foods.
His linguistic and culinary interest has been shared with many
diverse people worldwide throughout Africa, Asia, the Americas,
Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East.
Aris, who is self-learned in the Culinary Arts and Sciences
through his private ten thousand volume library collection,
is the originator of SUNFIRED CUISINE and PARADISE PIES.
SUNFIRED FOOD have 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 and Wellness, ABC: Eye
Witness News, CBS News, Jamaica’s CVM TV and TVJ Frontline
with Ian Boyne, as well as numerous Worldwide Radio Magazines.
Aris was the Master Chef at the Hippocrates Health Institute
in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Aris LaTham, ‘The Sunfired Gourmet’, has been a
vegetarian for 35 years and a 'living-raw’ foodist for
the past 29 years. He was voted one of the top vegetarian chefs
in the USA by Vegetarian Times Magazine. He has been featured
in Essence, Vegetarian Gourmet, Health Quest, Upscale, UK’s
Balance, and Japan’s Tarzan Fitness Magazines. Newspapers,
including the Washington Post, Harlem’s Amsterdam News,
Jamaica’s Gleaner and Observer, have reviewed the Sunfired
Cuisine. Aris was the featured chef at the Raw Food Masters
Culinary Showcase at Swept Away Resort, Negril.
He has served as an Executive Food Service Consultant to the
Island Outpost at Strawberry Hill Resort in Irish Town, and
catered to the Kingston Hilton Hotel in Jamaica.
He is currently engaged in the training of vegetarian and raw
food chefs for other major international resorts and hotels.
‘Sunfired Edible Arts’, education, nutrition, detox,
catering, and consulting services are available through The
VegSoul Retreats and Sunfired Food Health Institute in Negril,
Jamaica. Aris is featured every Wednesday, 8-10pm London time
SUNFIRE CUISINE delicacies have been catered to numerous celebrities
and dignitaries including US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day
O’Connor, Barbra Streisand, Dennis Weaver, Dick Gregory,
Dexter King, Marilyn and Harvey Diamond, Angela Bofill, Iyanla
Vanzant, Viktoras Kulvinskas, Erykah Baduh, Jessie Jackson,
Demi Moore, Mutabaruka, Rita Marley, Sam Nujoma, Prince, Betty
Shabazz, Depak Chopra, Aley Sheedi, Ben Vereen, Dr. Neil Barnard,
Chris Blackwell, Philip Michael Thomas, Isaac Hayes, Cicely
Tyson, Joe Piscopo, Senator Alcee Hastings, Sidney Potier, Eddie
Albert, Susan Taylor, Jewel Diamond Taylor, Les Brown, Ed Asner,
Gene Pearson, Alicia Silverstone, and Aisha Khalil.
Aris has been sought after to participate in health seminars
and catered to organization such as:
The United States Congress
National Health Federation
United Nation AIDS (UNAIDS)
World Synergy Festival
National Institute of Health
Ohio Mental Health Commission
International Vegetarian Union
National Black Holistic Retreats
National Medical Association Convention
DC Commission of Public Health
Washington Hospital Cancer Institute
Cancer Control Society Conventions
Afro Synergy Wisdom Circle Retreat
The Whole Life Expos
Cottonwood Hot Spring
The Discovery Channel
Aris LaTham was the President, co-founder and Master Chef of
Green City Market and Café in Bethesda, Maryland. He
managed the Queen of Sheba Restaurant at The Bob Marley Museum.
He has done extensive product development consulting for Guest
Services, Swept Away Resorts, the Unicorn Village – 21st
Century Market Place, Mother’s Market and Kitchen, the
Beverley Hills Juice Club and Whole Foods Markets.
Dr. Aris La Tham Online
Streaming Video and DVD Lecture Footage
1. " Eat Your Way To Optimum
Health" Lecture @ Dynamic Wellness
Washington, DC - Run Time: 3 hours 45 minutes ~ Description
Cuisine-Art Workshop "Have Fun NOT cooking"
Demonstration Workshop @ Dyamic Wellness in Washington,
DC - June 1, 2008 - Run Time: 4 Hours 15 minutes ~