#TheRealTastemakers is a one day immersion on how to leave your day job and cash in on your passion. The topics are designed to inspire, empower and motivate food, nutrition and wellness influencers to elevate their brands to the next level of connection, relevance and prosperity. Learn from key content creators, social media influencers, best-selling authors and lifestyle coaches about how they’ve been able to create strong communities, loyal fans, monetize their brands and make awesome stuff that the world wants to (literally) devour.
What can you expect?
Engaging, educational presentations from content creators, social media influencers, community leaders and bestselling authors about how they can successfully monetize their brands through products, partnerships, sponsored content, videos and community building while being authentic, raw, real and true to themselves and their life mission.
Detroit-born chef, Jason Wrobel, dishes up a sublime fusion of food and humor to help you live to 100. He focuses on whole foods and big flavors as the host of the Cooking Channel TV series How To Live to 100. Jason turns up the heat on powerful ingredients proven to increase your longevity and serves them up as culinary masterpieces. With an emphasis on radical simplicity and artful presentation, he imbues his ecstatic food creations with the energy of fresh and organic produce. The healing properties and outrageous tastes of his dishes have rendered his recipes hands-down favorites among celebrity clients, and regular folk alike. J-Wro fans Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Piven, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, John C. Reilly, Flea, Steve Buscemi, Isabelle Adjani and Russell Simmons, consistently rave about his delicious and innovative culinary creations.
After graduating from the Living Light Culinary Institute and earning certification as an Associate Raw Food Chef and Instructor, Jason went onto to apprentice with the industry’s finest and most revered talents in New York City, Detroit and Los Angeles. As Executive Raw Food Chef at the award-winning Café La Vie in Santa Cruz, California, Jasonhighlighted the amazing local produce from Northern California’s central coast, taking innovative simplicity to soaring new heights. His other career highlights include winning the inaugural World’s Best Raw Ice Cream Competition in Los Angeles and being the first vegan chef to present at the prestigious Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival.
Jason hosts the popular YouTube channel The J-Wro Show showcasing healthy recipes, lifestyle transformation tips and epicurean entertainment. His first DVD, Simple Vegan Classics, is a global bestseller, which has taught thousands of people how to prepare easy and nutritious raw plant-based foods. Jason released his bestselling vegan cookbook and lifestyle guide, Eaternity, with Hay House in 2016.
Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram (FullyRaw)
FullyRaw Kristina will be sharing her talk about her story going FullyRaw, overcoming hyperglycemia, and talking about how YOU can make the transition to eating raw vegan, vegan, vegetarian, and more! She will be diving into the physical benefits of eating FullyRaw and also into the emotional and spiritual sides of eating this way. Eating clean foods can be healing for the mind, body, and spirit. She will also be talking about her 4 businesses, how she runs them, and how she has created a lifestyle around food freedom that keeps her healthy and thriving! FAQ to follow. Come with an open heart and prepared to begin your own journey of awakening and healing.
Whitney Lauritsen (Eco-Vegan Gal)
Whitney is the founder of the Eco-Vegan Gal brand. Her work has resulted in a successful channel on YouTube, acceptance into Ford Motors elite program called The Fiesta Movement, and front cover on Laika Magazine. Passionate about business and marketing, Whitney has helped countless entrepreneurs create strategies for social media, YouTube and brand building. She's taught classes for BlogHer Food and Rouxbe, spoken on panels for Fitness Magazine and Blog Well Summit, and has been interviewed for magazines (Laika Magazine) books (Vegan Business Book) and websites (highimpactblogging.com). Her latest project is Creative Wellth, which provides creators monetization strategies for their content.
Robert Cheeke (Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness)
Robert grew up on a farm in Corvallis, OR where he adopted a vegan lifestyle in 1995 at age 15. Today he is the best-selling author of the book, Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness — The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant-Based Diet, and his latest book, Shred It!..
As a two-time natural bodybuilding champion, Robert is considered one of VegNews magazine's Most Influential Vegan Athletes. He tours around the world sharing his story of transformation from a skinny farm kid to champion vegan bodybuilder.
Robert is the founder and president of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness. He writes books, gives lectures around the world, and maintains the popular website, VeganBodybuilding.com. He is a regular contributor to Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine, Naked Food Magazine and Forks Over Knives, a multi-sport athlete, entrepreneur, and has followed a plant-based diet for 20 years.
John Lewis (BAD ASS VEGAN)
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1977, John grew up in St. Louis, MO. At a young age of 13 John found himself at 315 pounds, but through hard work and dedication he lost the weight and excelled in football and basketball. He continued his streak of athletic excellence throughout his high school and college years in Mc Cluer Senior High in the heart of Ferguson, Mo. and Harris-Stowe State College respectively. Graduating with a Bachelors degree in marketing, he later went on to pursue his MBA from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. John’s education in business coupled with his love for health and fitness gave him the ability to start his venture – Bad Ass Vegan – a health and nutrition company that strives to educate individuals on plant based nutrition. John’s love for his community brought forth the brainchild of “VeganSmart”, a plant based protein shake company with a foundation whose mission is to prevent obesity through education, physical activity and plant based nutrition.
John is working on completing his first book in which he explains his remarkable journey in order to help others take control of their own health, happiness and life. Bad Ass Vegan has come out his it’s apparel line that will feature high quality, cruelty free clothing. Along with his gaming app company, John now is also stepping into a new realm in which he will be the co producer of the upcoming full length documentary HIP-Hoppocrates… a film digging deep into the hip hop culture, how it is the most influential genre of all times, how it originated to save lives and how to return the genre back to its origin and use that influence to save lives. Outside of health and fitness, John interests include public/motivational speaking around the world, reading, writing, brainstorming business ideas and most of all… helping others fulfill a healthy life.
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