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Check out some of the fabulous raw vegan dishes from Living Light’s recent Gourmet Chef students.

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Over the next two months, Living Light will be taking its FUNdamentals class on the road. This class is the foundation of all our other classes – our flagship, as we like to call it. It’s absolutely packed with information about raw culinary arts and is designed to give anyone the base upon which to make a lifestyle change to whole, living, planet friendly foods. But is this base enough?

Most recently, we took FUNdamentals to San Diego where it was taught by two of our shining stars: Alicia Ojeda and Brenda Hinton. I spoke with one of our recent graduates, Kristen Johnson, about her experience both at the class in San Diego and how it led her to Living Light. Kristen grew up in San Diego, so she combined a trip to see her family with the opportunity to give Living Light a try. She and a friend attended the class and were impressed with both of the instructors’ knowledge and love for Living Light. Alicia brought the history to life while Brenda explained how the school works and what it can do for you. Both Kristen and her friend left the class with a kindled passion for raw foods – and Kristen with the intention to learn more.

Kristen is now a certified Associate Raw Food Chef and Instructor and Raw Pastry Chef. When she returned home to Brooklyn, New York after the FUNdamentals class, she got to work right away – putting her new knowledge into practice. But she knew she needed more. Her journey began at an “on the road” class, and in just a couple months’ time it included a Living Light certification. Fabulous!

Whether you’re as driven as Kristen or if you just want to get your feet wet, keep an eye on our website for a FUNdamentals class on a road near you. It’s a great way to get started and will send you home ready to do your own sprouting, juicing and more. And who knows – it may begin a raw culinary education that will change your life path forever.

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Lucky girl am I to have had the opportunity to take Living Light’s Food Styling for Photography class with Cristina Archila.  The class is unique because its primary focus is on gourmet raw cuisine.  It is the first Living Light class I have taken since graduating the Gourmet Culinary program in 2010.    And I feel it is the most awesomely creative class to have experienced here at Living Light.  Well, maybe it’s a close second to the recipe development classes of Ethnic and RawFusion Spa Cuisine.     Either way you learn a lot of the tricks and techniques of the Food styling trade.  The class covers the equipment a food stylist uses, plating skills, how to use sauces as paint, using props to describe a recipe, how to the direct the eye’s flow to the image in the photograph and so much more.  My favorite tip I learned involved a potato and toothpicks.   You have to take the class to get that one.

You look at food differently as a food stylist than as a chef but the process for me is very similar. You aren’t necessarily worried if the food will taste good, because believe me; you would not want to eat food styling food.   Think of denture cream holding a cherry tomato in place on a bowl of lettuce.  Not too appetizing, but very effective.

As a chef, I am a HUGE planner.  I scour through cooked recipes to find just the right one to create a raw version and I take numerous notes and write and rewrite a recipe before I gather my mise en place and begin testing (and re-testing) in the kitchen.  All before I have a completed dish.

I was able to use the skills I had a chef during the Food Styling for Photography hands-on portion of the class, we had the opportunity to wear the food stylist hat.  My process was similar to that of my chef‘s chapeau. 

Below was my development in styling a raw pasta dish.

1. Use a prep chart to design my dish.

2.  Gather the ingredients (zucchini pasta, red sauce, pesto,  top secret ingredients used to create a white sauce) and equipment. 

3.  Paint the pasta.

4.  Add the garnishes.

5.  Photograph the finished dish.

This rapid-fire, one-day course was informative, fun and definitively stretched my creative muscles to the max.

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Sunday April 17.

Now, when I am heading home from the culinary paradise Living Light, I have to share one thing with you. I came here very well updated and I work with a lot of raw people that are always a step ahead with all the new things when it comes to raw material. So coming back to the school again, 6 years after my graduation, and joining a class, I honestly did not know what to expect. And I have to say: I am soooo amazed how well updated they are at the school. They have their “heels” where most of us have our “toes” when talking about raw materials in raw food. I enjoyed every minute of my stay, and I learned more than I could ever imagine.

 My return to the school was a 50 years birthday gift from friends and family and it was the best gift ever! I’m going home with my head filled with sooo many new ideas. And with some of them I could not wait and already tried out at the Living Light Inn kitchen where I stayed. To all you graduated students: I really encourage you to come back and update your knowledge and get new inspiration. It is every minute and penny’s worth. I am so grateful!  Thank you Cherie, you are the best. Martine and Vinnette, you take teaching to a new level, helping us to take our ideas out of our heads and plate them beautifully on the dish spiced with LOVE. And the biggest bonus is:  lots and lots of new lifelong friends. To all the staff and kitchen angels: TAKK¨*•.¸¸☼ (means “thank you” in Icelandic).

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Enchiladas con Chile Colorado

At Living Light, the students connect in a very beautiful and special way. Here you find like minded people on a similar track in life. I am from Iceland, and now, 6 years later, I still have contact with several of the students and teachers I met when I came here the first time. In them I’ve made lifelong friends. Some have been to visit me and we’ve taught classes together, and some are staying in touch on Facebook or by e-mail. All the rest have their place in my heart. One of the wonderful things about the Associate Chef course, is that we experience amazing international dishes with students from all over the world.

DolmasFirst dish is Enchiladas with Chili Colarado sauce, and the next are Greek Dolmas and Horiatiki….mmmm goodness from the raw food kitchen. We certainly enjoy sharing the wonderful good together, and repeat the Living Light “family prayer” before each meal.

Through this food and this family

We give ourselves strength to hold ourselves high

In the Light that surrounds us

And is within us

For this is the water

Of the Spring of Life!

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There are students from all over the world at the Living Light Associate Chef and Instructor Training.  That is a very good news for RAW food lovers around the world, because these students will take the knowledge and experience back to their homes and communities. It is so beautiful to see RAW culinary wisdom spread like a wave on a water all around the world.  THANK YOU Cherie for being such a great and inspiring pioneer for all of us¨*•.¸¸☼

I was curious to know more about our foreign friends. When did they first hear about RAW food? Where did they hear about Living Light, and what are they learning while here at school ?

Szymon from Poland Currently  living in Australia

I first heard about raw food when I was living in Cusco, Peru. A lifelong bowel problem was flaring up and causing bloating and intestinal pain, when a friend suggested a raw food diet. I had been traveling through Peru for almost nine months, learning from various ‘curanderos’ or healers, hoping to work with alternative medicine in the future. I had always had a feeling that food could be used as a medicine, so I was very happy to learn that this is what people around the world were doing. Since then, my life has been all about food, and now I am living every day more and more excited about working with good, sustainable food that can help heal our bodies and the body of our planet.

Andree from Belgium Andree Belgium

I heard about raw food 4 years ago in a search to find solutions for my kids’ food allergy problems. I heard about Living Light on the internet and wanted to learn to prepare raw food dishes that would appealing to my whole family. Being here has been an amazing experience. I have been delightfully  surprised by the professional approach here at Living Light.

Astrid from Chile

Astrid from Chile I heard about raw foods in Oregon. People in Eugene love organic produce and I learned about vegan, then fruitarian, and then the raw food diet from Pattie´s Pies at The Country Faire. After my first juice fast  I ate Pattie´s Raw Pies and I felt great. Then a friend died and his mother was looking for positive things for me to do and recommended Living Light.  I decided to give the raw food diet a try and what a better way to start than by coming to the best gourmet raw culinary institute in the world. The school is awesome, and people are very positive here. The staff is very friendly and I would love to work here someday.

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Jennifer Cornbleet

Wednesday April 6.

The day started with Living Light Chef Jennifer Cornbleet and her talk about marketing your classes and building  your client base.  I took the class in 2005 and thought it was good then. But 6 years later I realized how brilliant this talk is. This is absolutely wonderful and important information she is sharing, and to be very realistic, the truth is that it definitely works if you are willing to make the effort.

Zoom Burger

The students started to create their demos. They will be the chefs and raw food educators of the future, and the people who are going to carry the message and inspire people on the healthy path of raw cuisine and nutrition. The students were absolutely wonderful. I really was amazed. Then Cherie herself appeared.

cherie fruits of the mother

She is the First Lady of raw foods and¨she presented a perfect demo. While watching her, I realized why the students are doing so beautifully. They are getting a great and professional education and training while staying at the school, and that is provided with so much love and care. It is the perfect mixture to create the best results for each student.

The menu for lunch was:

Spinach Mushroom Quiche with salad & sprouts & Red Pepper Remoulade. This was way above my expectations and my taste buds made a trip straight to heaven…….:)* Speaking about the food, the evening menu was also delicious:  Zoomburgers with Hot Mustard, Cashew Mayo, Ketchup, Onion Rings, and Kale Coleslaw. All prepared by Living Light students, and totally the worth living for! I’m already looking forward to another day in this culinary Paradise.

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