Chef Akasha Richmond
Akasha Richmond settled into the life of a chef quite by accident, and has flourished in this role to become one of Los Angeles’s celebrated culinary names. After moving to LA however many years ago to further her studies in yoga, Akasha, a self-taught chef and baker, began to work at the yogi-owned Golden Temple, a celebrated vegetarian restaurant popular in the 1990s amongst Hollywood’s health-conscious elite. She decided to pursue cooking full-time, and through her work at the restaurant befriended cultural icons such as Michael Jackson, who launched her career as a personal chef, during which she also worked with Barbara Streisand and Billy Bob Thornton. Her experiences and recipes from her time with these celebrities culminated in the publishing of her first cookbook, Hollywood Dish, in 2006.
Akasha was inspired by the cuisines encountered on the road, and would later connect these flavors with influences acquired during her many international culinary explorations—to places like India, Southeast Asia, Italy, Bali, Australia, Eastern and Western Europe, and Mexico— to create the menu at AKASHA, her first restaurant venture which she opened in 2008 with husband Alan Schulman. Along with her travels, Akasha’s cooking is an expression of her upbringing amongst two passionate cooks, one American and one Russian, who taught her both how to follow a recipe and how to follow her nose, taste, and memory to create an exceptional dish.
She lends her time and expertise to groups such as Share Our Strength, Environmental Media Association, Common Threads and Pediatric Aids. She has appeared on The Food Network (The Best Thing I Ever Ate), Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Planet Green, and nationwide news programs.