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Richard Ingraham

Chicago, IL, USA


Chef Richard Ingraham was born and raised in Miami, Florida and became a culinary enthusiast at an early age. He trained at the Art Institute of Atlanta. A few years later, he was offered what is now his current position as Private Chef, for the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade. He is responsible for the nutritional diet that keeps the star fit, toned, and healthy on and off the court.

In 2010, he leveraged his world-class training and passion for fine cuisine into a culinary-business partnership with Soley Gonzalez and created a network of Private Chefs called ChefRLI. The company has served dozens of NBA, NFL, MLB, and Entertainment clients across the country. Some notable clients include: BET, Sean Combs, Yonder Alonso, Manny Machado, Olivier Vernon, John Wall, Gregor Blanco, Chris Bosh, Ricky Jean Francois, Antrel Rolle, Mario Chalmers, Novack Djokovic, Kelly Rowland, GOYA Foods, POMI Italia, and Blake Griffin.

Selected for South Beach Food and Wine Festival's 'The Best Thing I Ever Ate at the Beach' alongside Wade a few years ago, Ingraham has joined Michelle Bernstein and Michael Schwartz in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move 2 Schools White House Initiative to encourage healthier eating habits among our country’s youth.

• As GOYA Foods’ My Plate Ambassador he is also tasked with promoting alternative cooking methods to parents of school-aged children.

• ChefRLI combined its charitable efforts with Beyond the Boroughs Scholarship Fund Founder and NFL Vet Tutan Reyes, to provide healthier eating options to kids in New York City. The Ben and Sarah Gibson Culinary Scholarship was created as a result of the partnership to help high school graduates attend culinary school.

• Ingraham is also an esteemed Advisory Board Member of the Miami Culinary Institute.