The 2012 Second 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. Dr. LaTham debuted 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 LaTham was born in Gatun, Panama Canal Zone. He is a direct descendant of an African-Caribbean family of Culinary Griots, as well as vegetarian legacy bestowed by way of his Indian ancestry, who has become a world renown crusader 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. LaTham, also known as ‘The Sunfired Gourmet’, has been a strict vegetarian for 45 years and has eaten Sunfired Foods exclusively for the past 39 years. He was voted one of the top vegetarian chefs in the USA by Vegetarian Times Magazine, and has been featured in Essence, Jamaican Eats, Vegetarian Gourmet, Health Quest, Upscale, UK’s Balance, and Japan’s Tarzan Fitness Magazines, amongst others.
Over the years, 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, 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 Rachelle Ferrell.
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 and numerous Worldwide Television and Radio Magazines. He was an Executive Chef at Hippocrates Health Institute, West Palm Beach, Florida.
In 2004, Dr. LaTham was honored as a keynote presenter to the 36th World Vegetarian Congress in Florianopolis, Brazil; also at the European Vegetarian Congress in 2005 in Riccione, Italy; and at the 2009 International Vegan Festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The 2014 International Vegetarian Union VegFest in Dubai, UAE featured Dr. LaTham as a distinguished presenter and in Chennai, India as ¨The Raw Food Miracle¨.