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Aris LaTham, PhD.
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 on

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.

Available 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
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2. Sunfired Cuisine-Art Workshop "Have Fun NOT cooking"
Demonstration Workshop @ Dyamic Wellness in Washington, DC - June 1, 2008 - Run Time: 4 Hours 15 minutes
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