Sarmado Sibley: Plant based chef, educator & founder of sarmadosibley.com
Sarmado Sibley is known internationally as a leader in world-class, plant-based food, marrying Michelin star kitchen experience with cutting edge nutrition and a flair for flavour.
His signature approach is to combine the power of superfoods with the wisdom of natural medicine on the plate - perfectly pitched symphonies that not only taste superb, but do you the power of good, too.
Sarmado most recently worked as head chef and plant-based educator at The Body Camp in Ibiza, Europe’s leading transformation retreat centre. He consults to plant based businesses and initiatives including plant-based restaurant Nourish and Combe Grove Manor Hotel Spa in Bath,Somerset.
He has developed raw vegan products for Cocoyogo in Dubai and Muncherie, Dubai. Sarmado has trained thousands of students in raw vegan nutrition through his company Rawlovelife since 2007.
In 2019 Royal Ascot launched plant based dining where Sarmado developed and consulted for eight of the restaurants alongside some of the finest chefs in the UK.
Sarmado’s culinary career started at the age of 15 as an apprentice chef at the Michelin starred Relais & Chateaux Hotel Gravetye Manor in West Sussex. He went on to work with the Roux Brothers and some of the UK’s leading chefs. While working as head pastry chef for celebrity cook Anthony Tobin, he was introduced to Richard Neat ( 3 star michelin recipient ) and taught the art of the craft.
By the time he was 20, Sarmado was working in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, as head chef of a prestigious restaurant offering locally sourced and often organic produce.
Back in the UK, he managed catering operations for both the Daily Mirror and Daily Express newspapers and the world’s largest advertising agency, McCann Erickson, where he earned the accolade of serving “probably the best food in London”.
Sarmado created and was co-director of a successful events company in London where he worked as head chef at a range of high-end events including the state opening of Parliament and Wimbledon. He was catering manager for Tom Hanks on the Saving Private Ryan set and has served a glittering array of celebrity clients as well as fashion houses, heads of state and the CEOs of some of the world’s leading industries.
By the year 2000, having explored the best in fine dining, Sarmado felt something was missing. He found that missing piece of the puzzle in 2004 when he was introduced to macrobiotic and ayurvedic foods.
The discovery that food could be used to bring about an optimal state of health and well-being transformed his approach to both food and cooking from that point on.
He went on to train in various meditation and holistic practices throughout Asia before discovering raw foods in Thailand during 2006. In 2010 he studied David Wolfe’s Longevity programme and trained as a raw food coach with Karen Knowler before setting up RawLoveLife to share the benefits of a healthy, raw food lifestyle.
Sarmadosibley.com was founded to educate and collaborate for a more sustainable, ethical and organic future.