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Interview With Chef Richard

We are brimming with excitement to introduce you to Chef Richard, a culinary maestro who possesses a near-supernatural knack for whipping up the most delicious meals—all plant-based, vegan and bursting with body-healing nutrition!

Chef Richard Arnold is blessed with parents who are passionate about healthy eating and incorporated the “good stuff” into his meals since he could chew. And perhaps it’s because his mother Anita was a restaurant owner, or simply because it’s part of his DNA, Chef Richard has been gravitating toward the kitchen since he could hold a spatula and make his way up a stool.

Take a moment to meet Chef Richard and discover his ultra-popular Raw Carrot Cake recipe.

Q: What was your journey to becoming a plant-based chef?
A: While I was at Florida State University, a friend who was a sous chef at a fine-dining restaurant suggested I join him. That’s where I learned how to manage a kitchen and make food on a large scale. At the same time, my parents became Hallelujah Health Ministers and, two years later, they became the owners and co-chef instructors of the Hallelujah Acres Lifestyle Center in Lake Lure, North Carolina. I started learning more and more about plant-based foods and, after trying some of my mom’s Hallelujah Diet cooking, I noticed I felt and looked so much better. After graduating, I wanted to completely transform my health and went all in with the Hallelujah Diet. I started working with my parents in 2011 and never looked back since.

Q: What is your favorite part of being a Hallelujah Diet chef?
A: I absolutely love to take people’s favorite dishes—foods that are part of the Standard American Diet—then show them how to make an all-vegan version that tastes just as good, if not better.

Q: What would you tell people who are just starting out and don’t think vegan foods will be as delicious?
A: First, keep an open mind. When people think they’re going to be deprived of things they love, it feels like so much more of a daunting task to make a change. But when you know how positive the results will be, it becomes much easier. After adopting a flavor-focused, vegan diet, you’ll see there’s a huge difference in how you look and feel. Second, if you’re going to do it, try it full force for 90 days. Most people don’t want to go back and eat a hamburger. The Hallelujah Diet is something that does require a bit of effort but the payoff is huge in the long run. Third, to make things easier and fun, remember to make something YOU really like to eat!

Q: What is your ultimate goal as a Hallelujah Diet chef?
A: My approach to introducing people to the Hallelujah Diet is through food. My main goal is to make it delicious, while using the freshest, healthiest ingredients that fit right into the Hallelujah lifestyle.






  1. A “flavor focused vegan diet”…YES!! That’s exactly what I’m after!
    Does Chef Richard have a cookbook or a website with more recipes??

  2. Sue McElwain September 19, 2014

    This is absolutely the best reading! I am not one who can change recipes to being healthy, so I’m always on the look-out for those who can. Carrot cake is my favorite dessert. Cannot wait to try it! Keep up the good work!!!!!

  3. Terry Champion September 19, 2014

    looks good I’m going to try it for my daughter and myself for our birthday cake!!!

  4. Janet Beck September 19, 2014

    These recipes look wonderful. Since I don’t want to share, tweet, like or pin them, I don’t see where I can just PRINT them. Thanks.

    • Christy Okon September 30, 2014

      I would copy and paste them into a word document and print them from there.

  5. Virginia West September 19, 2014

    I plan to try this one soon! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Angela Wepa September 19, 2014

    Yum!yum!yum! Can taste it already. Welcome on board Chef Richard.

  7. These look wonderful. Simple recipes are by far the best because people don’t want to see something that looks too complicated with a million ingredients.

    Looking forward to receiving this in my inbox each time! 🙂

  8. Looks scrumptious. Will definitely have to try both!

  9. CATHERINE September 22, 2014

    I not familiar with the ring mold..I’m use to the ones used for like angel food cakes, etc., In your picture of the Carrot Cake it doesn’t look like a ring mold..
    Also, at the bottom of the recipes in the right hand corner it reads Learn How To Make It . What is that all about?

    • Christy Okon September 30, 2014

      Thank you! No, that is not a ring mold. The learn how to make it is just the title used for the recipe card.

  10. Jackie Murray November 13, 2014

    Is there a cookbook that contains these recipes?

    • Christy Okon November 13, 2014

      Coming soon is a “Fall In Love With Food Again” recipe book featuring some of his and other Hallelujah Diet favorite recipes.

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