Cooking Tips and Recipes to Keep Anyone at the Top of Their Game

14 years ago, Chef Richard Ingraham received an opportunity that would forever change his career and life. NBA rookie Dwyane Wade had just signed with the Miami Heat and was looking for a private chef. Challenged to not only provide this now NBA veteran with delicious meals, Chef Richard also knew his recipes would play an important role in Wade’s on-court performance. In 2015, when Wade married actress Gabrielle Union, he faced a whole new shift in cooking to meet his clients’ — and friends’ — needs.

eating well to winHaving worked with a variety of other professional athletes, musicians, and celebrities, this responsibility of keeping them nourished to achieve peak performance while still enjoying flavorful meals blossomed into the creation of a network of private chefs called Chef RLI, and the release of his first cookbook, Eating Well to Win: Inspired Living Through Inspired Cooking (Mango Publishing, September 26, 2017).

“Starting my career as a hair stylist, I never imagined it would turn into the culinary adventure I’ve been on for the last 14 years,” shares Chef Richard, who has appeared of The Food Network’s Chopped; partnered as an ambassador with Walmart, GOYA Foods and the National Pork Board; and presented at the South Beach Food & Wine Festival every year since 2011. “I feel like I won the lottery in having the opportunity to not only fuel my clients to stay at the top of their game but also share my passion for delicious, nutritious food with so many.”


Chef Richard Ingraham was born and raised in Miami, Florida and became a culinary enthusiast at an early age. He trained at the Art Institute of Atlanta, and soon after began teaching culinary arts at a Miami high school. In 2003, he was offered what is now his current position as Private Chef for NBA star Dwyane Wade. The combination of his world-class training, recognitions, and passion for fine cuisine and spirits has allowed him to create a network of Private Chefs called ChefRLI, which serves a plethora of NBA, NFL, MLB, and entertainment personalities. Chef Richard has competed on The Food Network’s Chopped, partnered as an ambassador with Walmart, GOYA Foods and the National Pork Board, and presented at the South Beach Food & Wine Festival every year since 2011. Eating Well to Win is his first cookbook.

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Eating Well to Win is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

Sherrie Wilkolaski

About Sherrie Wilkolaski

Sherrie Wilkolaski is the Editor-in-Chief of Luxe Beat Magazine and CEO of Luxe Beat Media. She’s a leading expert in the independent publishing market, having consulted with more than 15,000 authors throughout her career as the Publishing Architect™. A bestselling author, radio talk show host and content strategist, she has studied at the Yale Professional Publishing program and George Washington University. She’s a former International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association board member and treasurer. Her most recent book, Publishing Architect’s Blueprint: Self-Publishing Fundamentals is a 2017 Indie Book Awards Finalist.