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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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Our Associate Chef and Instructor Training is finished  for this session, and I’ m sad to see it go.  It was a great time with a really fun group!  I know that they will put their training to good use –  some of them are already beginning!

Official Class Photo with Instructors Cherie Soria, Amber West and Martine Lussier

Chef and Instructor Graduate Stephanie Schlosser

Super ambitious Stephanie Schlosser not only completed all of her homework assignments and prepared for her demo, but also managed to post a culinary video in our Hot Raw Chef Sweet Valentine Video Recipe Contest.  I’ve posted her video below so that you can see what a great job she’s done.  She also teaches raw food classes to children. Check out her ideas and recipes!

Another impressive student is Ayana Medley, owner of 

Chef and Instructor Graduate Ayana

 Sassy Chef.  Ayana is already a classically trained vegan chef.  She specializes in healthy vegan versions of traditional comfort food.  Ayana came to Living Light in order to learn more about raw vegan foods so that she can incorporate them into her business!  Now that she’s a Certified Raw Food Associate Chef and Instructor, not only will she be making more great foods, she’s gained more experience and confidence to teach classes as well!

It was great to meet each of our students,  and I look forward to hearing about their continued journey and success stories as they travel the raw food road.

 

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I was so impressed with the student’s demos yesterday!  They all put a lot of effort into becoming great teachers and did an amazing job!  Today they have their big test and then it’s graduation, complete with graduation cake – Chocolate Mousse Tart with Strawberry Coulis.  Yum!

Demo Coordinator Barbaraw excited about her slice of Chocolate Mousse Tart!

Some of our students are staying on for Gourmet Chef Certification for the next three weeks, and some are leaving us to go out into the world and spread the joy of raw foods.  One of our  students,  Alan White, is  doing both.

Chef and Instructor Graduate Alan White

He is dedicated to becoming a teacher, and he’s planning to go home and put his teacher training to use, then return for our Gourmet Raw Food Chef certification program. I’m inspired by his drive and ambition.  Alan has worked on several farms, including a coffee bean and macadamia nut farm in Hawaii.  He will spend some time honing the  chef skills he learned at Living Light while teaching his own classes, and then finish “gourmet” and the Dina’s Science of Raw Food Nutrition Series.  He was very inspired by Jennifer Cornbleet and plans to follow in her footsteps!  I wish him the best of luck in the future!

An After Graduation Group Photo

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