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1. Sarah Creighton

CEO of Veggie Kids

I am the CEO of Veggie Kids, a blog, website and video channel featuring tons of nutritious and easy to prepare vegan and raw vegan recipes. I'm also a mommy of three cute boys, a wife, author of "The Boy Who Loved Broccoli", vegan culinarian, partial raw foodist, children's health advocate and a former fashion designer. I'm tapping into my design skills to get creative in the kitchen now! I love experimenting with various combinations of healthy, whole foods to come up with vegan recipes for my family and friends. I'm raising my three kids to be vegans and totally enjoying the process! Thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of the Hot Raw Chef 2012 Sweet Valentine Video Recipe Contest! It was so much fun to make!


2. Kim Hostetter

Health Minister and Raw Chef

One of the best words to describe Kim Hostetter is that of a visionary. She has a vision and a passion in every project she undertakes; which is why she has such a strong desire and focus as a Wellness Educator to reach others who choose to be well through natural means. For the past six years Kim has studied and understood the need for this knowledge to reach people, and spreading this information and serving others has become the purpose for her life. Being involved in natural wellness stems from her own personal journey of reclaiming her health and the testimony of many others. Originally born in Alabama, she has lived and worked extensively throughout the U.S., in various positions, which has laid the foundations of her understanding of customs and people she now encompasses in her work. These life experiences and education have set the course for this path, as she has integrated her creative talents as a visual artist into her self-taught abilities as a raw food chef and culinary teacher. This creativity is also incorporated in every facet of her work: from co-owning a Raw Food Café, to authoring two wellness education books, creating wellness educational programs, lectures and workshops, and working individually with people to adapt healthier practices into their current situation. Kim works closely with her husband David in their ministry, Almond Blossom Wellness, in educating others how to help them reclaim their health with simplistic means.


•Hallelujah Acres Health Ministers'07
•Former co-owner of The Almond Blossom Café, raw eatery in Florida
•Raw/Living Foods Chef
•Author: Whole-E Health Lifestyles – “Transitioning to A Healthier You, One Sprout at a Time” and “Being Whole-sum, Equating Wellness From a Scriptural Perspective”
•Former talk show radio host at 91.5 FM in Holly Hill, FL, “Fit for the King” program


3. Sara Siso


Chef Sara, Raw Food Master, Coach, Author & founder of the 3 Weeks Back to Health Program. I began my journey of discovering the disease-preventing and healing power of raw, plant-based food at the #1 alternative medicine facility in the world, Hippocrates Health Institute. I was so impressed with the program that I not only enrolled in the program immediately but also, upon graduation, I accepted an offer to work at the Institute. Dr. Brian Clement, director of HHI, offered me the opportunity to put into practice everything I had learned. This experience taught me the powers of consuming living foods that nourish, cleanse and alkalinize the body; the importance of food combination; and the powers of wheatgrass. During my stay at HHI, I have witnessed remarkable transformations of people’s health, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Conventional medicine doctors would call these recoveries from "terminal illnesses" a miracle. I, on the other hand, call it the power of raw, plant-based foods "God's Medicine". I believe the food we choose to consume plays a vital role in healing the body, mind, and soul. I had a personal experience with the deadly disease cancer. At my yearly checkup, the gynecologist told me I had cervical cancer and the growth was the size of a golf ball. I looked at her and smiled. Confused as to why I was smiling, she said, “Nobody smiles when I deliver this devastating news. Why are you smiling?” I looked in her eyes, and with a smile still on my face, I said, “Thank you for telling me. Now I can go home and do the right thing. I can assure you that within a month, it won’t be there.” When I told her what I was going to do to get rid of the cancer, she thought I was crazy. She didn’t believe it was possible, because all she knew was the traditional way of treating cancer with chemo and radiation. In my eyes, traditional medicine only puts a Band-Aid on the symptoms. It does not cure the cause, and therefore, most of the time, the disease returns. Without wasting time, I immediately started my detox with wheatgrass juice and green juices. Within a month of cleansing, I knew I had gotten rid of the cancer. I made an appointment to see my gynecologist, and when she examined me, she couldn’t see the tumor anymore. I couldn't help myself but say, “You see. I told you so.” Of course, she hated to be wrong, so she said, “Just because I don’t see it, that doesn’t mean that you got rid of it. The only way to know for sure is by doing a blood test.” I gave her my arm so she could draw blood, confident that the test would come back negative. And guess what? It did. She called it a miracle.


4. Hannah Burkhauser

Actress and Aspiring Raw Chef

I have always loved to write and to eat but it wasn’t until I became a vegan that I learned (mostly out of necessity) to love to cook. Now, after a year of that, I am rapidly learning (all out of love) to “un-cook”. Going Raw has been a dream of mine, and while scary and not always well accepted amongst my friends and family, something I need to do for myself. My love for animals, this planet, and my own body demand that I do something drastic. One of my greatest dreams is that, some day, I will be able to study Raw cooking at the Living Light Culinary Institute and show the World how fulfilling a Raw lifestyle can be. Oh—and to appear as the dead body in Law and Order. Dream big, World! Thank you for taking the time to vote for me! JOY to you wherever you are :)


5. Gwen Marzano

Healthy Eating Specialist

I’m healthy by default” is what I generally say. In my young twenties I discovered that I was allergic to a myriad of foods such as wheat, corn, soy, processed sugar, and dairy. I have always loved to cook, so this was devastating news to me because it meant I could not make, or so I thought, all my favorite recipes. This diagnosis however, prompted me to look into raw vegan food preparation. I learned that with the right equipment, creativity, and ingredients, I could create healthier versions of the foods I used to love! I was completely fascinated with it and took classes to obtain my certification as a raw vegan instructor at Cousin’s Ivy Restaurant in my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. I then began teaching and coaching people in raw vegan food preparation. At the same time, I was in the process of obtaining my Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. Upon completing my degree, I had to get real with myself. I loved teaching, but my first passion remained working with food to help people meet their health and wellness goals. As fate would have it, Whole Foods Market was opening positions around the US for “healthy eating specialists”. It was exactly what I wanted to do so I feverishly searched for openings all around the country. I knew that the first place that would hire me would be where I would move to. It was Houston, Texas. I had never been there before in my life, nor did I know anyone there. It was the right decision and I love my job! I am able to teach and work with food and be in my favorite store all at once. Ultimately, I want to teach larger volumes of people about healthy eating via television and media. As I move closer to that goal, I enjoy developing more recipes and skills to share with others so that they too can be aware of the joy and life changing experience that healthy eating provides.


6. Lisa Wilson

Creating loving, living food

Lisa Wilson 26 yr old female from Ontario Canada. I have been loving being a Raw foodist for three years. I absolutely love the freedom, fun and health that comes from Raw Foods! Please Vote me for!!! Lisa Wilson!!


7. Mariel Cuddihee


Hi! My name is Mariel, and I have a passion for healthy and living foods. I have my own blog to share my passion for great health and my own health journey along with my own recipes. You can also find me on twitter: http://Pureglow16.twitter.com


8. Bianca Walter

Hi my name is Bianca, im 25, I live in Australia and my life revolves around raw food, health and nutrition! I would love the opportunity to become the next Hot Raw Chef so that i can kickstart my career in the raw food industry!


9. Jahari Adjiri

Self Employed

I became a Raw Foods Chef at Hippocrates Health Institute with Dr. Ann Wigmore, back in 1976. I was later re-certified & brought up-2-date by Master Chef Aris LaTham. I launched RAW SOUL-LICIOUS last year in Baltimore, MD, educating folks how "medicinal foods" can actually taste scrumptious! Peace & Good Health! My Pineapple Cacao Cheesecake with Cacao Coconut Ganache is delectable! I believe in keeping cuisine nutritionally-dense, enzyme-rich & EZ 2 digest; & by using super-foods, we can ALL be OPTIMALLY HEALTHY! Come along & join us! Jahari www.rawsoul-licious.com


10. Sandra Everett

Sandra Everett is the founder of Sage Wellness & Lifestyle, a health and wellness company dedicated to helping change the culture of wellness, through mind, body and spirit. Sandra is a Certified Health Minister through Hallelujah Acres. I also received training to practice Holistic Health Coaching at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. While receiving training I studied over 100 dietary theories. She recently received certification in Raw Food Nutrition Science and Raw Food Chef from Gideon and Jackie Graff of Sprout Raw Food. Visit her website: www.sandraeverett.com


11. Jeevi - People's Choice Winner

The Laughing Chef

Jeevi Ramtel is also known as “Jeevi - The Laughing Chef”. He got this title from his very contagious laughter. Jeevis’ colourful and rivetingly-tasty Nepalese and Indian vegetarian, vegan and raw food dishes are made with fresh and organic ingredients and served up with generous outpourings of his wholehearted laughter. He is also very interested in International Cuisine, and has been exploring various techniques of the world. Jeevi was born in Nepal and since 1996 has made his home in Australia. Since then he has been cooking and preparing meals for family, friends, events and retreats non-stop! His much raved about style of cooking is always abundant and packed full of moment-enhancing-good flavour. He leaves many people stunned that vegetarian/vegan food can taste that good! His huge passion for cooking and helping people learn how to cook this style of food, are fun occasions, which are making a big mark in Australia! For more info check Jeevi – The Laughing Chefs’ face book page http://artist.to/jeevithelaughingchef/


12. Jennifer McClelland - Runner-up Winner

Raw Food Chef & Educator

Jennifer McClelland is a raw food chef, educator and advocate for sustainable living. Combining her experience of growing up on an onion and mint farm in Idaho with her studies at the renowned Living Light Culinary Institute in Northern California, Jennifer is the face of a new generation of eco chefs who merge culinary arts with a sustainable lifestyle. A vanguard in the raw food movement in China, Jennifer has been featured on CCTV (China Central Television) and BON TV (Blue Ocean Network), and in publications such as Global Times, Shanghai Family, The Beijinger, Time Out Beijing, Beijing Kids, and Lifestyle to name a few, sharing her recipes as well as health, beauty & lifestyle tips. Jennifer divides her time between the U.S. and China doing consultations, events, speaking engagements and freelance modeling. "Emphasizing natural, whole foods into one's life is not a short-term diet plan, but a lifestyle of healthy eating. In order to turn these healthy habits into lifestyle changes food must be nourishing, delicious and easy to prepare. Ultimately, the art to great cuisine begins with fresh, organic and seasonal ingredients, which are preservative and chemical free.”


13. Raquel Moreno

Chef and Manager

Raquel Moreno is a culinary educator committed to helping people lead fulfilling lives starting with the foods they eat. A graduate of Georgetown University and The Culinary Institute of America, Raquel began her culinary career in bistros, fine dining restaurants and off-site catering companies of Washington, DC and New York’s Hudson Valley. Moreno had the privilege of living and developing her culinary craft in Italy with the team of the Rome Sustainable Food Project of the American Academy in Rome. Under the tutelage of the talented RSFP chefs, she learned how to integrate long-term sustainable food service practices such as intense on-site vegetable gardens, composting and direct purchasing from farmers into an institutional setting. A strong believer that people should enjoy top quality food during the healing process, Moreno held the position of Chef de Cuisine for Patient Care at The Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia. She contributed to the development of an on-site chemical-free vegetable garden at Eastern, where fresh herbs, eggplant, peppers and tomatoes were grown for cafeteria and patient meals. Moreno worked closely with the nutrition department to develop appropriate menu items for the varying dietary needs of oncology patients and their caregivers. Moreno is the co-founder of La Nena Cooks Culinary Education and Consulting. She specializes in the design of educational programming to engage youth and adult groups with seasonal, local and organic fruits, vegetables and other health-promoting foods. Moreno is a member of Chefs Collaborative, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, Slow Food USA and other networks of farmers, restaurateurs and food service professionals committed to sustaining safe and fair food sources. What a fun experience this was! I chose cherries as the base for the sauce in the Chipotle Chocolate Cherry Apple Tart for their sweet flavor and low-glycemic value. Vote for my low-glycemic seasonal fruit dessert, Chipotle Chocolate Cherry Apple Tart, and please try the recipe at home! If you enjoy apples, cherries, chocolate and little bit of spice, you will love this dessert!


14. Priscilla Soler

I'm a business college student with a passion for nutrition, food and health! I started my raw and vegan path two years ago after suffering an eating disorder. Veganism brought me back to life. I found passion to cook, eat and enjoy food again. I discovered my love for health and fitness as well as living a lifestyle in balance. I believe God is my strength. He gave me a second chance to live and I made a decision to enjoy it and live it the best way possible. I love sharing my love for raw foods and veganism with people, that's why I started my blog. With the hope that through my story and through my lifestyle choices I inspire many more to experience this lifestyle. To realize how amazing this is and that loving ourselves is not just taking care physically but also in a spiritual way. Visit my website: www.gastrawnomica.com


15. Camelia Noble

President of Hands That Help You

Camelia Noble has been runing a green, organic cleaning and organization company for 10 years. In 2008 some serious medical challegens caused her to take a closer look at her health and life style. Step by step she was able to find out what problems in the body she had, and step by step reversed them. She continued to educate herself on how to heal the body naturally and put systems in place so she could to her life style into a healing and happy life. After being gluten, wheat dairy soy corn and bottled and packaged free, she took a raw food certification course through regeneration raw in December 2009. She converted her entire kitchen into a raw kitchen and started having dinner partys to practice all the dinners that can be made. She is willing and ready to take here knowledge and love for this life style and share it with the world! Thank You so much for this oppurtunity. I love doing this and want to become the best speaker and raw chef i can be. Thank you again!


16. Miss Lee

Part-time Teacher/Full-time Student

I have always loved to cook in my spare time. Recently, I have discovered a food sensitivity to wheat and I have been searching for recipes to make so I won't miss my favorite foods. That is why I was so excited to find out about this contest! I currently attend school to become a skin care specialist.


17. Nik Bsullak

A former juice bar and cafe owner, I stumbled into raw/living foods when I was looking for more energizing foods to add to our vegetarian plates. After loving a plant base diet for 22 years I was looking for foods with the most energy. I dove into raw foods and have never looked back!


18. Cyd Koehn


Chef Cyd Koehn grew up in Elkader, Iowa where she worked in a family-owned Bed & Breakfast that catered to an international clientele of outdoorsmen. Cyd earned her B.Sc. degree from Iowa State University in Hotel and Restaurant Management completing internships in private clubs in Pointe Vedra, and the The Sawgrass community in Jacksonville, FL. She was Restaurant and Room Manager at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club for six years before establishing her own business - Cyd’s Catering. Cyd has catered parties as large as 4000 guests and as small as 2 people in eight states and two Canadian provinces. Her specialties include: Spanish tapas; fresh & local foods; sustainable agriculture dinners.


19. Linda Trubey

Chef Instructor

Linda Trubey is the owner and head chef at Healthy Options Catering in Hendersonville, NC. Chef Linda specializes in vegetarian, vegan, and raw food preparation. Chef Linda Trubey is the author of Healthy Options! Vegetarian Meal Plans, Recipes, And Daily Grocery Lists. (available on amazon.com) Linda is a Certified Chef Teacher,she received her training from Alissa Cohen's Living On Live Food Program in Sept. 2005. She has taught over 30 chef classes and catered events for over 250 people at one meal. Linda's training also includes a Vegan Chef Certificate from Wildwood Health Retreat, and completion of Natural Health Practioner from the University of Natural Health. Thank you for this opportunity to share my exclusive recipe with others and to point them toward better health.


20. Heather Walker

Food Blogger

Winning Recipe - Mini Desserts, Real Women of Philadelphia, Cookbook Contest 2011. Recipe: Peanut Butter S'mores Shooters Regional Finalist - Aetna Healthy Food Fight 2011. Recipe: Jerk Chicken with Mango Chutney and Coconut Rice National Finalist - Real Women of Philadelphia, Casting - Season Two (2011). Recipe: Better Blonde Banana Brownies Facebook Superfan - Menage a Trois Wine - June 2011. Recipe: Menage a Trois Sorbet Grand Prize Winner - Real Women of Philadelphia, How To Video using Philadelphia Cooking Creme, Santa Fe Flavor, 2011. Recipe: Southwest Macaroni and Cheese Recipe Contest Winner, December 2011 - California Strawberry Commission. Recipe: Skinny Tropical Dessert Nachos Regional Finalist - Aetna Healthy Food Fight 2010. Recipe: Fall Spice Hash Winning Recipe-International Entrees, Real Women of Philadelphia, Cookbook Contest 2010. Recipe: Jambalaya Joes

I am a self-taught, home cook and stay at home mom who's cooking career has blossomed since deciding to leave my career as a project manager, martial arts instructor and personal trainer to raise my son. I believe that food should be easy, healthy, delicious and, most of all, FUN. I believe it's okay to have the occasional splurge, as long as you continually take care of yourself. Living in San Diego, California for over 20 years taught me to appreciate being healthy and active. I now live in Scottsdale, Arizona with my family and I enjoy my life as a mommy, food blogger and contest-cook. I would love to be the next Hot Raw Chef because I know the benefits of eating raw, gluten-free and vegan from lots of wonderful experience. I'd love to be able to share those stories and techniques with my family, blog readers, contest-cook and foodie friends. Eating healthy and even raw is much easier than one would think. By using the right ingredients and techniques, taste, texture and flavor don't need to be lost.


21. John Kohler

John has been on the living and raw foods diet since 1995; he turned to living foods for healing from a life threatening-illness (spinal meningitis) and has enjoyed dynamic health ever since. One of Johns goals is to educate the world about the power of living and raw foods. He is the founder and webmaster of the largest living and raw food website on the internet, www.living-foods.com, and www.rawfoodsupport.com. John also owns and manages www.discountjuicers.com and is the number one expert on rawfoods appliances and gadgets in the world. His Latest projects are teaching others to grow their own food at home www.growingyourgreens.com and sharing his raw food teachings on his video blog at www.okraw.com


22. Laurie Biswell

Independent Consultant

Laurie J. Biswell is a 37 red-headed female who loves nature, kids, and God. She is currently chief designer and programmer of the School of Metaphysics website, dreamschool.org. As a College of Metaphysics graduate teacher she understands the importance and influence of dedicating one’s life towards service to others. Laurie is a diverse individual. She has a creative, magnanimous spirit that has the ability to set her mind to one thing and to find connections between that and all other things. It is in this light that she has volunteered during the teachings of the Dalai Lama in Madison, Wisconsin, a pre-parliament event in Chicago, Illinois and at the Parliament of the World’s Religion held in Melbourne, Australia. Laurie has been taught from an early age the value in giving to others completely from the heart and thus experiencing the Universal Truth of “As you give so shall you receive.” Her immediate future ideals and goals include earning her Doctorate of Divinity from the School of Metaphysics, understanding the power of her influence and creating a personal business that will help others to communicate around the world.


23. Linda Larkin

After her first Raw book sat on the shelf for years, thinking it was too difficult, she received a DVD from a friend and that’s when it all began. She made Cherie Soria’s Chocolate Parfait Mousse and took it to every pot/raw luck she went to. When a woman she didn’t know licked the dish after everyone got their serving, she knew she was on to something. Linda’s dream is to one day bring all the Raw Chef’s from across the globe together to begin a huge project that will forever change humanity’s way of thinking about food.


24. Rachael Renee Gerkensmeyer

Vegan and Raw Foods Chef/Coach

Rachael is a vegan and raw foods enthusiast, self taught chef, and successful health coach both online and off. She's been in the game for almost 4 years and continues to read, learn, and grow. She enjoys reading, hiking, going to the beach, growing her own food, and having fun with family. Her biggest passion is helping others to be happy and healthy for life!


25. Steffanie Ming

Raw Food Chef

I was inspired by living foods during a 60 day Bikram Yoga Challenge which featured a raw food diet. My passion has blossomed into a hobby which will hopefully turn into a career in the near future. I enjoy developing new recipes and testing them on my friends and family, who are all adopting raw foods into their lifestyles to some degrees.


26. Callie England - Grand Prize Winner

Owner of Rawxies

Fusing her educational background in graphic design with her passion for raw food, Callie uses food in it's most natural state, and tailors it with complimentary colors, flavors and styles. Creating dishes that are straight up foxy, she hopes to inspire even the biggest veggie skeptic.


27. Nancy Clayburn

I have had a passion for health and teaching health since I was a teenager. Healthy foods has been my passion. I now teach raw foods classes, juicing, sprouting and dehydrating along with being a health coach. I have an online website that is also educational. It is a real big dream of mine to be able to win a contest and come to Living Light. I want to have some professional training in presenting and creating/designing food for the benefit of encouraging others to eat more healthfully and live more abundantly.


28. Michelle Irwin

Raw Food Chef and Instructor, Author

Michelle is a passionate raw food chef and instructor, a licensed holistic health practitioner, a certified lymphologist, and a mother of two. Her desire for helping others led to become a raw food chef. She mastered the art of using stevia in recipes. She is a pioneer in the sugar-free raw movement. Michelle worked for the Reversing Diabetes Program at the Weimar Institute and currently teaches sugar-free raw living in Sacramento, CA. Michelle earned her Raw Food Chef and Instructor certification from the world famous Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point. After serving in the Army for 5 years (where she jumped out of airplanes and became a paratrooper), Michelle was honorably discharged for the medical condition “Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease,” meeting the criteria for Lupus. With that diagnosis, she began her long quest for answers. Through many years of studying and research, she found help through a vegan, sugar-free, mostly raw diet, as well as using alternative medicine. It helped her so much that she needed to share it with others who were also desperate for answers. She currently has a holistic health practice and teaches sugar-free raw food preparation classes. When she is not consulting with clients, or whipping something up in the kitchen, you will find Michelle power-walking or playing with her children.


29. Megan Elizabeth

Raw Vegan Chef and Lifestyle Coach

After recovering from extreme illness and digestive issues through following a raw vegan diet, Megan has become passionate about spreading the raw message. She published a recipe book called, Easy To Be Raw, filled with delicious and simple recipes and coaches others to follow a raw vegan diet.


30. Elizabeth Bates

No additional information available.


31. Tammy Morgan

Mom and Raw Food Enthusiast

Tammy has always been interested in culinary arts and preparing healthy foods. In high school, she completed early morning training with other like-minded aspiring chefs and has continued to work in the food service industry. Ever since her beautiful baby boy came into her life, raw foods have been more important than ever to her. She loves to share her passion and love of healthy foods with others. Much love and please enjoy the recipe.


32. Deb Marcella Wing

Deb Wing is the mother of 8 children and has 11 grandchildren. She has been raw vegan most of her life. She had conflicts with her parents over eating the small amount of meat that was available. She has been doing raw catering since 2006 and has been teaching Raw Chef Certification classes in Europe (Norway, Denmark, and Sweden) for the last 2 years. She has worked in the kitchen of The Ann Wigmore Institute in Puerto Rico, Creative Health Institute in Michigan, and The Global Health Institute in Sweden.