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Dr. Aris LaTham, Ph.D., Sunfired Food Arts and Science

Motivational Speaker, Innovator, Educator & Linguist

About Dr Aris

Dr. Aris is an Internationally Acclaimed Culinary Innovator, and Health / Wellness Influencer.

The 2004 and 2012 Edition of Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America acclaims: “The raw food movement owes much to Dr. 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” 

Dr. 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 pioneer in the area of wholesome foods. His linguistic and culinary interests have been shared with many diverse people throughout Africa, Asia, the Americas, Australia, the Caribbean, and Europe.

Dr. Aris is self-learned in the Culinary Arts, Food Science, Self-Growth and Well Being Disciplines through his personal twelve thousand-volume, “non-fiction” research library collection. He is the originator of Sunfired Cuisine, and Paradise Pies.  Dr. Aris, ‘The Sunfired Gourmet’, has been a vegetarian for 50 years and has eaten Sunfired Cuisine exclusively for the past 44 years. 

As the founder of SunFired Gourmet, Dr. Aris has launched multiple successful restaurants, consulted for numerous food and beverage establishments,  trained and mentored thousands of Sunfired RA Food chefs globally. Dr. Aris was the executive chef at the Hippocrates Health Institute, and has been invited as keynote speaker at internationally organized conferences in the United States, the UAE, Brazil, Italy, and India. Dr. Aris, the SunFired Gourmet has been featured in multiple publications and magazines, he has designed vibrant SunFired Gourmet experiences for an extensive list of celebrity clients and international dignitaries. 

Having graced the palate of hundreds of thousands of hungry health seekers across the globe, at 73 Dr. Aris is actively embodying his Moto: “It Is Not The Food In Your Life, But The Life In Your Food That Nourishes!”.

Dr. Aris is currently teaching an international array of chefs and SunFired Gourmet enthusiasts, consulting for top fortune restaurants and brands, applying his expertise to innovative food product development, creating accessible online SunFired Gourmet education, and inspiring the world with his electric artistry and vibrant approach to bringing people home to self-health through SunFired Foods.

Curriculum Vitae:

  • Dr. Aris studied 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.
  • Graduate studies at California State University Fullerton, with majors in Linguistics and Bilingual Education
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree in Sunfired Food Science from the City University of Los Angeles
  • A polyglot scholar of Kiswahili, Sanskrit, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, English, and Ebonics 
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at administrator at elementary and secondary school levels, and college level as well.
  • Language educator at California’s College of San Mateo, Fullerton Community College, Sullivan Language Institute, Cornell University, and Brown University
  • Administrator at the Tanganyika International School in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
  • Bilingual Curriculum Writer and Second Language Specialist for the San Francisco and San Bernardino Unified School Districts in California.
  • Lecturer at the School of Nutrition at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis Campus in Brazil. 

Restaurants Dr. Aris has Founded/Co-Founded:

  • Owner and operator of Green City Market & Cafe - Bethesda, Maryland
  • The House of Life / Per Ankh and Savannah Herbs - Harlem, New York
  • Sunfired at the Beverly Hills Juice Club - California
  • Paradise Pies On Restaurant Row - West Hollywood, CA.
  • Sunfired Juice Club at Park Slope - Brooklyn, New York
  • Casa Vida, Casco Viejo, Panama
  • La Vida, Playa Chiquita, Costa, Rica
  • Sunfired, Negril, Jamaica

Restaurants Launch + Product Development + Food Service Consultations: 

  • Whole Foods Market. The Waterways, North Miami Beach, Florida
  • Nutiva, Inc., Richmond, California
  • Palm Heights Resort, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Producers Market, Marin County, California
  • Consulting Executive Chef at Hippocrates Health Institute - West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Executive Food Service Consultant, Kingston Hilton Hotel - Kingston, Jamaica
  • Ital café at the Fern Tree Spa, Half Moon Resort - Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • The Beverly Hills Wellness Center - Beverly Hills, California 
  • Executive Food Service Consultant, Strawberry Hill Resort - Irish Town, Jamaica
  • Operator of Queen of Sheba Restaurant at The Bob Marley Museum, Jamaica
  • Mother’s Market and Kitchen - Costa Mesa, California
  • Swept Away Resort - Negril, Jamaica
  • Esser’s Rest Ranch - Lake Worth, Florida
  • Unicorn Village - Miami Beach, Florida
  • Bhumi Restaurant, Brasilia, Brazil
  • Spa Maria Bonita, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Eco Nois, Alto Paraiso, Brazil

Conferences, Organizations, and Institutions who have engaged the expertise of Dr. Aris:

  • 2000 Featured Chef ‘Raw Food Masters Culinary Showcase’ - Swept Away Resort, Negril
  • 2004 keynote presenter to the 36th World Vegetarian Congress in Florianopolis, Brazil
  • 2005 keynote presenter ‘European Vegetarian Congress’ - Riccione, Italy
  • 2009 keynote presenter ‘International Vegan Festival’ - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
  • 2014 feature presenter ’World VegFest’ - Dubai, UAE
  • 2014 feature presenter ’World VegFest’ - Chennai, India 
  • 2014 South India Culinary Association Chef Training, Radisson Blue Hotel - Chennai, India
  • The United States Congress
  • Agape World Ministry 
  • United Nation AIDS (UNAIDS)
  • National Medical Association Convention
  • Washington DC Commission of Public Health
  • Washington DC Hospital Cancer Institute
  • U.S. National Institute of Health
  • Ohio Mental Health Commission
  • Half Moon Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • The Discovery Channel
  • Raw Spirit Festival
  • Green Festival
  • Panama Breast Cancer Awareness 
  • Audubon Society Earth Day
  • Total Health Expo, Toronto, Canada
  • New Life Expo
  • San Diego World Beat Center
  • National Health Federation Convention
  • Whole Life Expo
  • Cancer Control Society
  • New Life Yoga and Raw Food Expo
  • Vegetarian Society of Brazil
  • St Lucia Wellness Day
  • Princess Cruise Line
  • Barbados Organic Wellness
  • Dominica Health and Wellness Expo

Celebrities + International Dignitaries, SunFired Gourmet Experiences B Dr. Aris:

  • Erykah Badu
  • Prince
  • Depak Chopra
  • Former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Demi Moore
  • Barbara Streisand
  • Dr. Alvenia Fulton
  • Ann Wigmore
  • Sly Dunbar
  • Dennis Weaver
  • Dick Gregory
  • Dexter King
  • Marilyn and Harvey Diamond
  • Angela Bofil
  • Iyanla Vanzant
  • Viktoras Kulvinskas
  • Tony Rebel
  • Mutabaruka
  • Rita Marley
  • Sam Nujoma
  • Betty Shabazz
  • Ally 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 
  • Rushelle Farrell

Publication + Media features:

  • Voted one of the top vegetarian chefs in the USA by Vegetarian Times Magazine
  • 2004 Second Edition of Oxford Encyclopedia
  • 2012 Second Edition of Oxford Encyclopedia
  • Washington Post
  • Food Network
  • Organic Food Producers Association of North America
  • Essence Magazine
  • Black Entertainment Television (BET)
  • Family Channel’s ‘Body by Jake’
  • Temple University Medical School Forum
  • UK’s Balance Magazine
  • CNBC: Alive and Wellness
  • ABC: Eyewitness News
  • CBS News
  • Jamaica’s CVM TV
  • TVJ’s Frontline with Ian Boyne 
  • Jamaican Eats Magazine
  • Vegetarian Times Magazine
  • Vegetarian Gourmet Magazine
  • Health Quest Magazine
  • Upscale Magazine
  • Japan’s Tarzan Fitness Magazine
  • Jamaica Gleaner and Observer Newspapers
  • Philadelphia Enquirer Newspaper
  • Harlem’s Amsterdam News 

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