Richard LaMarita is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education and has been a chef/instructor since 1986. He has worked in many popular restaurants in NYC including Tabla. He has been practicing and studying Ayurveda for 25 years. He holds a Master's Degree from Maharishi Vedic University and has worked with accomplished Ayurvedic masters such as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Dr. B.D. TriGuna. He has led seminars on Ayurveda, Diet and Nutrition, Cooking, Yoga, and Meditation throughout the US, in Europe, and in Asia. Presently, he is a chef instructor at the NGIHCA, teaches classes in specialty and ethnic cooking, and is a private chef.