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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. She originally came to LA to further her studies in yoga. She started her career at the yogi-owned Golden Temple, a celebrated vegetarian restaurant popular in the 1980s amongst Hollywood’s health-conscious elite. She soon became a private chef and caterer, and eventually opened AKASHA, her first restaurant venture which she opened in 2008 with husband Alan Schulman. 

Akasha is inspired by world cuisine and has traveled to India, Southeast Asia, North Africa, Italy, Australia, Eastern and Western Europe, and Mexico. The menu at AKASHA reflects her love of global flavors. She has since created and led small culinary and cultural tours of India and Italy, curating unique itineraries for the bespoke traveller.

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 has been featured in Food & Wine and has acted as a guest editor for Vegetarian Times. She lends her time and expertise to groups such as Share Our Strength, Environmental Media Association, Pediatric Aids, and more. She has appeared on The Food Network (The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Top 5 Restaurants), Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, and nationwide news programs.