ABOUT CHEF RICHARD INGRAHAM
Chef Richard Ingraham has mastered the balance between fine cuisine and expert sports nutrition. As personal chef to power couple Dwyane and Gabrielle Wade, founder of Private Chef network ChefRLI, and author of ‘Eating Well to Win’ his mission is to raise the bar of performance eating through high level home cooking.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Richard became fascinated by culinary arts at a very young age. After completing culinary training at the Art Institute of Atlanta he began work as a private chef right away. Not only is he responsible for planning the diet of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, but also the dozens of other NBA, NFL, MLB and entertainment personalities across the country, all served by elite network ChefRLI. Notable current and past clients include: Yonder Alonso, GOYA Foods, BET, Walmart, Eric Hosmer, Olivier Vernon, Sean Diddy Combs, Ricky Jean Francois to name a few.
For Richard it’s about understanding what keeps the stars fit, toned and healthy yet making sure that they don’t miss out on all the joys of high level cooking. Taking an imaginative look at world-class ingredients and spirits, his food begs to be shared between friends and inspires even the most amateur of chefs to get in the kitchen.
Unstoppably passionate about sharing the benefits of great food, Richard is kept busy with a number of community projects. A few years ago, he joined Michelle Bernstein and Michael Schwartz in former First Lady Michelle Obama’s ‘Chefs Move 2
Schools’ White House Initiative Miami to encourage healthier eating habits among our country’s youth. Currently, he is an esteemed Advisory Board Member of the Miami Culinary Institute. As GOYA Foods’ My Plate Ambassador and Partner Chef, he is tasked with promoting alternative cooking methods to parents of school-aged children. In 2018, ChefRLI partnered with The University of Miami School of Architecture and The Knight, as a ‘Civic Innovator’ of MKTplace, with the intention of providing a platform of inspiration and educational guidance to aspiring food entrepreneurs of Coconut Grove.
When Richard is not in the kitchen or out in the community, he is found buried in culinary research and keeping up to date on all of the latest culinary trends. ‘Eating Well to Win’ is a testament to his overall philosophy on life: what you put in your body influences what you get out of the world – eat not only to nourish yourself but to feed your soul and raise your spirit.
"Never in my life have I tasted more delicious and flavorful food that's actually nutritious, as the meals exquisitely prepared by Chef Rich. As an actress, I have to eat meals that are low in fat and bad carbs that also give me enough energy to get through my day... Chef Rich does this like no one I've ever worked with before. He's simply amazing and the best around!"
I've been around my share of personal chefs and Chef Rich sets the standard. Not only is his food delicious, but he's also a guy you find yourself comfortable around right away. You can tell from the jump his passion for each and every client and his extreme commitment to his craft. The cooking versatility he displays is impressive, as he continually challenges himself to master new dishes. I can't think of anything we asked chef for that he wasn't able to make and make it good. Anytime I can pull up to Dwade crib and get one of them Chef Rich specials, I'm in!!!
Chef Ingraham has been my personal chef since 2005. Being a picky-eater, Chef knows how to incorporate the healthiest foods that will provide me the strength and energy needed when I hit the basketball court. His personal touch to meals and diversity in cooking has made him by far the best chef - and only chef - that I've had!