Hailed as “the UK’s leading raw chef,” Russell James is also publisher of TheRawChef.com, a great raw food and philosophy resource.
“I first came across raw foods in Koh Samui, Thailand, when I was on a 7-day detox fast a a spa there,: says Russell James. “I was on day 5 of the fast and can remember sitting in the beach-side restaurant reading a raw recipe book from their library. Now, it may have been the fact that I hadn’t eaten for 5 days but I was amazed by the recipes in there. I read a description of what raw food is and why it is beneficial, it made so much sense and I had one of those life-defining moments, an epiphany.”
Russell James quickly got excited about the vibrancy and creativity of raw foods and the health benefits they bring. He felt a strong desire to share his discoveries and started food-blogging as a hobby, posting pictures of his food. People started to notice and comment on how great the food looked.
Russell discovered a personal artistry in his capacity to create beautiful raw recipes from widely available ingredients and he started teaching people in his local area. News spread and he soon found himself teaching people from all over the UK and even people from other countries who came to learn from him.
He now teaches thousands of people world-wide about raw foods, both through his blog, a YouTube channel, live classes and his recently released homestudy DVD course. He has a recipe book to be released 2011/2012 and a great collection of raw food recipes in his blog.