Chef / Owner 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. She has been to Italy many times, and annually leads small group tours to some of her favorite regions, especially Sicily and Emilia Romagna. Her love of Italian cooking began when her ex mother-in-law used to visit from Sardinia, and cook for the family every night. She loves traveling to Italy to spend time doing things like milking sheep and making cheese, picking olives or fruit, and visiting artisan food makers, cheese makers, wineries and olive oil farms. She especially loves cooking with chefs, home cooks and their grandmothers.
She places emphasis on the importance of eating local foods utilizing health conscious cooking methods, sustainable practices and dedication to authentic ingredients and products that are sustainable and organic. 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.