Dr. Aris Latham is known as The “Sunfired Gourmet” Grand Master Raw Food Chef.
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 raw foods cuisine in America. He debut his raw food creations in 1979, when he started Sunfired Foods, a live food company in Harlem, New York. 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 as 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 Kiswahili, Sanskrit, Italian, Arabic, and Ebonics. As an educator, professor LaTham taught Spanish, Kiswahili 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 Tanganyika International School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He also served as a Bilingual Curriculum Writer and Second Language Specialist for the San Francisco and San Bernardino Unified School Districts in California.
Dr. LaTham was honored as a keynote presenter to the 36th World Vegetarian Congress in Florianopolis, Brazil and in 2005 at the European Vegetarian Congress in Riccione, Italy
Aris was born in Gatun, Panama Canal Zone. He is 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 throughout Africa, Asia, the Americas, Australia, the Caribbean and Europe
Aris, who is self-learned in the Culinary Arts and Sciences through his private ten thousand volume library collection, is the originator of SUNFIRE CUISINE and PARADISE PIES. SUNFIRED FOODS have been featured by Black Entertainment Television (BET), the Food Network, Temple University Medical School Forum, Organic Food Producers Association of North America, Family Channel’s ‘Body by Jake’, CNBC: Alive and Wellness, ABC: Eye Witness News, CBS News, Jamaica’s CVM TV, and TVJ’s 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 39 years and a living-‘raw’ foodist for the past 33 years. He was voted one of the top vegetarian chefs in the USA by Vegetarian Times Magazine. He has been featured in Essence, Jamaican Eats, 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 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 SUNFIRE CULINARY INSTITUTE and SUNCUISINE ORGANIC RETREAT & SPA @ Coyaba Springs, River Gardens and Falls in Shaw Park Ridge Estate, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Aris currently host CTV’s cable show “Healthy Lifestyles” on line atwww.brokencurve.com
SUNFIRE CUISINE delicacies have been catered to numerous celebrities and dignitaries including former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Dr. Alvenia Fulton, Ann Wigmore, Sly Dunbar, Barbara Streisand, Dennis Weaver, Dick Gregory, Dexter King, Marilyn and Harvey Diamond, Angela Bofil, Iyanla Vanzant, Viktoras Kulvinskas, Erykah Badu, Tony Rebel, 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, Lenox Lewis, Senator Alcee Hastings, Sidney Poitier, Eddie Albert, Susan Taylor, Jewel Diamond Taylor, Les Brown, Ed Asner, Gene Pearson, Alicia Silverstone, Aisha Khalil, Dave Stewart and Rushelle Farrell
Aris has been sought after to participate in health seminars and catered to organizations such as:
The United States Congress
National Health Federation
United Nation AIDS (UNAIDS)
Raw Spirit Festival
National Institute of Health
Ohio Mental Health Commission
International Vegetarian Union
Agape Ministry National Medical Association Convention
DC Commission of Public Health
Washington Hospital Cancer Institute
Cancer Control Society Conventions
San Diego World Beat Center
The Whole Life Expos
European Vegetarian Congress
The Discovery Channel
Aris was the President, co-founder and Master Chef of Green City Market and Café in Bethesda, Maryland, and managed the Queen of Sheba Restaurant at The Bob Marley Museum. He has done extensive product development consulting for Guest Services, Swept Away Resorts, Mother’s Market and Kitchen, Beverly Hills Juice Club and Whole Foods Markets.