Posted by: ghostdawg2 | May 18, 2010

Sunfired House of Life : Dr. Aris LaTham / May 2010


Aris LaTham, PhD.

Sunfired Food Scientist, Linguist & Educator

The 2004 Oxford Encyclopaedia 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 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.

Education and Educator


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. Professor 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.

Culinary Artist


Aris, who is self-learned in the Culinary Arts and Sciences through his private ten thousand volume library collection and more than 30 years experience, is the originator of Sunfired Cuisine and Paradise Pies.

Television and Radio

DSC_0731_sample_board_of_menus_4_BannerSunfired Food has 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, Canada’s QTV, Jamaica’s CVM TV, and TVJ’s Profile with Ian Boyne, as well as numerous Worldwide Radio Magazines.
Aris LaTham, ‘The Sunfired Gourmet’, has been a vegetarian for 40 years and a living-‘raw’ foodist for the past 34 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, La Prensa – Panama, Harlem’s Amsterdam News, Jamaica’s Gleaner and Observer, have reviewed the Sunfired Cuisine.


Sunfired 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, Barbra 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, Deepak Chopra, Ally Sheedy, Ben Vereen, Dr. Neil Barnard, Chris Blackwell, Philip Michael Thomas, Isaac Hayes, Cicely Tyson, Lennox 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 and many more.

Seminars and Catering

Aris has been sought after to participate in innumerable health seminars. In 2002 he was the featured chef at the Raw Food Masters Culinary Showcase at Swept Away Resort, Negril. and 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.

Mr. LaTham has also catered to numerous organizations as renowned and diverse as:

  • The United States Congress
  • National Health Federation
  • United Nation AIDS (UNAIDS)DSC_0995_presentation_4_photo_gallery
  • Raw Spirit Festival
  • National Institute of Health
  • Ohio Mental Health Commission
  • International Vegetarian Union
  • Agape Ministry
  • Princess Cruise Ships
  • 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
  • ·Total Health Expo Canada


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 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Master Chef Consultancies

Aris was the Master Chef at the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. 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.

Thoughtful_close_upHe 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.

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 Sunfired Culinary Organic Eco Resort and Sunfired House of Life – Raw Retreat at Baraka Beach, Gatun Lake, Panama Canal, Panama.

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  1. interesting and informative article here Ghost-Dawg2. I can devour fruits, raw veggies but pls not raw meat….

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