About Us

Raw Vegan Culinary, Nutrition and Welness

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At Chef Mehmet Ak Culinary we are dedicated to preserving and passing on the mastery and appreciation of the raw culinary arts to our students, who come to us from over 5 different countries, worldwide. Our master, Chef Mehmet Ak (trained in the world’s finest restaurants, hotels, and catering establishments), enriches our curriculum with his own regional and professional culinary traditions.

In addition to raw culinary arts programs, Chef Mehmet Ak has combined innovation and creativity with tradition to offer a range of entrepreneurial counseling and internship programs. Raw Culinary art Hospitality programs range from Raw Chef Certification to Restaurant and Catering Management as well as Raw Chef Instructor. We have changed during the time, our programs became more dynamic and more complex. These changes gave us the chance to develop further, modernize our institution and more adequately prepare our students for their future in the raw culinary arts.

At Chef Mehmet Ak Culinary our mission is to help you to find your path so that you can begin your Raw Culinary career. We offer very basic to highest level of hands on raw culinary classes. What you learn here will help you to start your own Raw Vegan business. We also provide mini-programs, Raw Nutrition Informative classes and small workshops. Raw Culinary art will help you become a part of the Raw culinary community in the today’s world. Deciding on the perfect Raw Culinary art school is simply the first step, finding your way in the Raw culinary community comes next.

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The History of Chef Mehmet Ak Culinary

The name Chef Mehmet Ak Culinary was used for the first time in relation to raw culinary excellence in 2005 when Master Chef Mehmet Ak created one of the most important orders in Chicago.

November 14th, 2005 is the date when the first raw “uncooking” demonstration took place on an electric located in 3038 west Irving Park Rd. Shortly after, due to the prestigious nature of Raw Living Food life style and its growing community, Chef Mehmet Ak Culinary Art Institute, the very first Raw Culinary Art School launched in Chicago, became well recognized and celebrated. Great effort was put in the promotion of the school but great results rewarded it.

From this point on, the international reputation of Chef Mehmet Ak Culinary spread rapidly. Great chefs came to the school to teach students further, contributing to the world-renowned reputation of the raw culinary school. As a result, students from a variety of countries were enrolling in classes as well as notable restaurants start opening world wide.

Today, Chef Mehmet Ak Culinary proudly offers more than 5 international schools across 5 continents, and is attended by more than 500 students every year. Students are taught by our Master Chef, Mehmet Ak.

Founder’s Message

Afiyet Olsun!

With more than 25 years of teaching experience, Chef Mehmet Ak Culinary provides the ultimate training in raw cuisine, raw pastry, management and hospitality. We are dedicated to preserving and passing on the mastery and appreciation of the raw culinary arts. Our philosophy is just as strong as always. However, our contemporary philosophy speaks directly to prospective, enrolled and graduated students: Make Things Happen!

The energy which our Chefs and staff put into our programs is the same energy they encourage in our students. Whether you plan to move on to restaurants, journalism, hospitality management or the numerous other related fields, Chef Mehmet Ak Culinary will encourage you to strive for your best so that you can achieve whatever you set out to do. Raw Gourmet International will give you the knowledge and skills to truly make things happen!

Chef Mehmet Ak Culinary fosters a unique multi-cultural and educational environment, encouraging you to learn and grow in the lessons you undertake in the tradition of the Raw Culinary Art. Raw Gourmet International emphasizes the appreciation of Raw Culinary technique at the service of world cuisine.We invite you to share our knowledge and passion for the hospitality industry and look forward to welcoming you on a journey of discovery of raw cuisine that will last a lifetime. Mehmet Ak, Founder, Raw Gourmets International (RGI)

Our team is driven by your success. Every single day, we’ll support your business and help you to succeed.

Our Promise

Our Guiding Principles: These promises are rooted in our core guiding principles:

  • Integrity: We uphold the highest standards of honesty, transparency, and ethics in all our endeavors.
  • Inclusivity: We embrace diversity and inclusivity as sources of strength and innovation.
  • Sustainability: We are committed to sustainable practices that minimize our environmental footprint.
  • Impact: We measure our success by the positive impact we create in our community and beyond.

Join Us in Fulfilling Our Promise: We invite you to be part of our journey, to hold us accountable, and to contribute to the fulfillment of these promises. Together, we can achieve our shared vision and work towards a brighter, more inclusive, and sustainable future.