okima

Live Island Cafe is dedicated to serving the community by educating individuals about the health benefits of the raw and living cuisine lifestyle. It was founded by raw food Chef, author and educator Okima in 2008. Chef Okima first became of raw foods while working as an educator at Chicago Children’s Museum. A colleague was leaving her position and as tradition dictated, got to pick where she would have her farewell lunch. The colleague picked “Karyn’s Raw” owned by the phenomenal living food educator Karyn Calabrese. Chef Okima had cooked all of her life but had never imagined raw foods could be so flavorful and vibrant. She then began to learn everything she could about raw foods and their health benefits. She lead a museum based hands-on cooking program called “Petite Chefs” that taught children and their families how to prepare healthful snacks. Raw food un-cooking lent itself perfectly to her audience. Collaborating with professional chefs from around the city and from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, a Cordon Blue school, children began turning out pesto sauces, fruit kabobs with honey dressings and rich chocolate truffles. It was fast, healthy and a hit with audiences. Family circumstances returned her to her native Long Island where she embarked on a new career as a professional raw foods chef. She began her training at the “Living Foods Institute” in Atlanta Georgia with world renowned wellness expert Dr. Brenda Cobb and earned her raw food chef certification under top international raw food Chef Mehmet Ak at Raw Gourmet International and interned at his famous “Cousin’s Living Vitality” restaurant in Chicago.