Raw food advocate Kemi Nekvapil has become one of Australia's most popular advisors on eating raw thanks to her easy, inspiring recipes and realistic approach. By simply encouraging people to ‘add more raw’ to their regular diet, the former baker and chef has introduced countless Australians to the amazing health benefits of eating more raw fruits and veggies. As a busy mum with a business to manage, Kemi’s focus is always on putting nourishing food on the table. And as a chef, everything she makes - raw or cooked - has to be delicious, exciting and joyful.
Born and raised in London, Kemi trained as a baker before enrolling in drama school. After several successful years as an actress, Kemi missed life in the kitchen. At 27, she left acting behind to work as a chef in Thailand and train as a yoga teacher in India. After returning to the UK, Kemi took a job as a chef in London's first organic restaurant.
Around this time, she read a book about the benefits of eating raw food. Initially skeptical, she decided to try it for herself and after two days of substituting her regular lunches with a generous raw salad her energy levels were noticeably higher.
In 2003, Kemi moved to Melbourne with her Australian husband. Kemi started learning more about raw food, and was delighted to discover just how diverse raw food options were: pasta, chips, noodle dishes and even cake ... A passion for growing organic produce and eating raw food was ignited.
In 2010, she set up Kemi's Raw Kitchen to offer raw food cooking classes and personal consultations. Her classes have proved to be hugely popular and her recipes have been featured in national newspapers like The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. In 2012, she presented her raw food recipes as part of the Woolworth's Macro Stage at the Good Food and Wine Show. That same year, she also unveiled her 'Raw Beauty’ events and retreats for women seeking to recharge and get back to nature.
Kemi’s 28-page recipe e-book Spring Fling and subsequent DVD 'Add More Raw’ both offer recipes and an introduction to the world of raw food. Through her classes and appearances, Kemi has inspired people of all ages and walks of life to give raw food a try. She's handed out thousands of her green smoothie samples out over the years, and has yet to find anyone who doesn't like it!