It is DAY 16 of the "Raw Food Recipes" series and have I got a treat for you today! Trust me, if you want to learn about raw food or just get phenomenal healthy recipes you absolutely need to know about Russell James AKA The Raw Chef. I first met Russell when I attended an event hosted by Ani Phyo and Matthew Kenney at Matthew Kenney OKC a few years ago. Russell was the guest-instructor-in-residence there, and the raw food that was served by the students under his direction was sublime.
Hailed by The Times as “The UK’s Leading Raw Chef” Russell has travelled all over the world teaching classes, and established himself as one of the foremost authorities on raw food preparation. Sample any of his incredible recipes and you will see why. His website, blog, ebooks are full of mouth watering foods spectacularly presented and photographed. It really is a feast for the senses and not to be missed.
Some of my favorite recipes include: raw vegan pesto and caramelized onion pizza, raw vegan vegetable samosas with cucumber and mint raita, wilted kale salad with creamy chipotle dressing, Cacao Pistachio Florentine & Mint Ice Cream Sandwich, Pomegranate Cheesecake with Clementine Gelato, and I could go on and on! This raw vegan buckwheat bread is so easy and absolutely incredible. This is a lifesaver for raw food purists who are craving a sandwich!
Russell's food is inventive, artful, and tastes incredible. He is constantly pushing the boundaries with raw food preparation; with a passionate desire to provide food and recipes that really showcase all of the amazing textures and flavors that can be created with live ingredients. What I love the most about him is his humble nature and generous spirit. Even though he has taught thousands of people all over the world, he still considers himself a "raw foods student" with a never ending thirst for knowledge.
So, where did this incredible guy learn everything he knows?
Russell was introduced to raw foods back in 2004 whilst participating in a fast at a spa in Koh Samui in the hopes of clearing up life-long skin problems. On Day 5 of a 7 Day Fast at a beach-side cafe, Russell hungrily thumbed through a raw food book from the library, and literally became intoxicated with the potential of a raw foods lifestyle. He describes it as a life-defining moment – an epiphany; something that just made absolute sense to him.
Russell was then on a mission! He was going to create mainstream awareness of the vibrancy, creativity, and health benefits of raw foods in a way that was fun and modern. he started taking classes and experimenting in the kitchen. He then started a modest blog, sharing his gorgeous raw creations, and his work quickly gained attention.
After teaching people in his local area, Russell soon found himself teaching people from all over the UK, and not long after, people were traveling from all over the world to learn from him. It was during this time that The Fresh Network (the UK’s raw and living food organization) contacted him to create some raw foods. Russell became part of the hugely successful Fresh Network Raw Dinner Parties.
Russell has now made his knowledge accessible to the masses, through online classes, and amazing home-study courses. He is currently working on several rawmazing projects, including a recipe book to be released 2012. Watch out for that!
Russell and Haylee, thank you for graciously participating in this event.
I am in love with your recipes...
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