2011 Living Light Showcase Chefs


Victoria Boutenko


Author of several books including Raw Family: A True Story of Awakening, 12 Steps to Raw Food, and Green for Life, Victoria has been an inspirational raw food educator for many years. She and her family recovered from a variety of health challenges when they discovered the raw food diet, and “The Raw Family,” including Victoria, her husband Igor, daughter Valya, and son Sergei have traveled the world teaching about the health benefits of a raw food lifestyle since 1994.


Colleen Cackowski


Colleen Cackowski has been a raw foodist for 13 years. She has catered green room events for musical artists such as Deva Premal and Miten and other well known performers and teachers. Currently the Executive Assistant to Cherie Soria at Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, Colleen enjoys creating delicious new recipes. Colleen was the winner of the Best of Show and Sweet Treat categories at the LA Best of Raw Cacao contest and more recently the winner of the Low Glycemic category at the NYC Best of Raw Cacao contest.


Sheree Clark

Sheree Clark is the winner of the 2010 Hot Raw Chef Video Recipe Contest. Sheree's Chocolate Jalapeno Poppers recipe video was the first place winner from among 28 entries as selected by the panel of professional chef judges. It was also the peoples choice winner. Sheree Clark is a graduate of Living Light Culinary Institute, where she received her certification as a Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef and Instructor. An author, presenter, teacher, motivator...Sheree is a vegan raw foodist, and presents a convincing – and tasty – case for not cooking your food through her consulting business "Fork in the Road." She is author of three books and scores of feature articles.


Jenny Cornbleet


Jennifer Cornbleet is a nationally recognized raw food chef and instructor, and a faculty instructor at the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. She offers classes, hands-on workshops, and consultations nationwide. Her first book, Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People, has already sold over 100,000 copies. Her second book, Raw For Dessert, was published in August, 2009.


Kirsten Gum


Gourmet Raw Food Chef Kirsten Gum is a popular TV host on Travel Channel and Discovery and teaches classes internationally. She is a crusader of healthful living and co-owner of RawTrips.com, dedicated to teaching raw, natural cuisine and connecting guests to their food supply and Mother Earth. Kirsten currently lives in Ecuador where she and her business partner, Jan Zerr, run raw food health retreats.


Heather Haxo Phillips


Heather Haxo Phillips is an accomplished raw food chef who teaches classes throughout the Bay Area. She primarily teaches through Whole Foods Market and Café Gratitude. Heather is a certified raw food chef/instructor and graduate of the prestigious Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. Prior to teaching raw foods, she has had years of experience in the food industry, including catering and kitchen prep.


Elaina Love


Elaina Love, a certified Living Light chef/instructor, is the author of Elaina’s Pure Joy Kitchen and a presenter at festivals, retreats, and seminars around the world. She is the proprietor of PureJoyPlanet.com. Elaina also caters raw events for David Wolfe and other retreats around the globe and offers her considerable expertise during our catering and holiday entertaining courses at Living Light.


Martine Lussier


Martine Lussier is Culinary Programs Manager and full-time instructor at Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. She is a certified Professional Raw Food Chef™ at Living Light, and she is passionate about nutrition and culinary arts. Martine is an active sportswoman who knows the value of raw vegan foods for health and vitality. She loves developing new recipes and teaching others how to prepare health promoting foods for themselves and their families.


Chad Sarno


Chad has been bringing his approach to healthy cuisine to some of the world’s premier plant based restaurants, resorts, film sets, and healing centers globally for well over a decade. Director and Founder of Vital Creations, Chad specializes in restaurant and spa consultation, culinary education, R & D, and working with chefs and restaurateurs alike to increase their health supportive/promoting menu offerings.


Nomi Shannon


Nomi Shannon is the author of the best selling raw vegan book The Raw Gourmet, and co-author of Raw Food Celebrations. In 2008, Nomi received three “Best of Raw Awards” for Best Raw Educator, Favorite Raw Chef, and Favorite Raw Book. Raw since 1987, Nomi has been featured in Alive magazine, Get Fresh!, San Diego North County Times, Galveston News, as well as numerous radio shows.


Cherie Soria


Founder and director of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, Cherie Soria is known as the “Mother of Gourmet Raw Cuisine”, Cherie has taught students and world famous chefs and instructors from around the world for over 16 years. Cherie is also the author of 3 books including Angel Foods: Healthy Recipes for Heavenly Bodies, and The Raw Food Revolution Diet: Feast, Lose Weight, Gain Energy, Feel Younger (coauthored by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina).


Tina Jo Stephens


Chef Tina Jo is a highly respected Gourmet Raw Vegan Chef, Author, Speaker, and Coach known internationally for her humor and down-to-earth approach to raw veganism. Chef Tina Jo, along with her TV show Splendor in the Raw, has been awarded Top 10 Best Show, Best Chef, and Best Website in the Best of Raw 2009 Awards. She has made it her life’s mission to bring super delicious, fresh, simple, fun, affordable raw vegan food to the mainstream.


Vinnette Thompson


A classically trained chef, Vinnette earned a culinary arts degree from the Culinary Institute of America and is also a graduate of the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, where she now teaches Pastry Arts—Unbaked! A chef for over 25 years, Vinnette has two culinary passions, vegetarian cuisine and culinary education. She has been Executive Chef of the Raw Food Underground, and teaches culinary arts for the Palm Beach school district in Florida.





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