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Oklahoma City is Home to the First Matthew Kenney Academy

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We’ve got a number of unique things in Oklahoma City, and we’ve recently added one more: the first licensed Raw and Living Foods educational center in the world!  The Matthew Kenney Academy, which was formerly called 105degrees, provides future chefs with the skills they need to produce amazing meals featuring only raw and living foods.  The academy is the brainchild of chef Matthew Kenney and OKC resident Dara Prentice. It’s connected to the Matthew Kenney restaurant.

The academy’s curriculum focuses on using organic, whole, and unprocessed foods to create an amazing meal that is healthy and flavorful.  The academy was previously named 105 degrees because that’s the temperature food must be keep under in order for it to keep its natural enzymes.

Kenney, who graduated from the French Culinary Institute, has been named one of Food and Wine Magazine’s Ten Best New Chefs in America and has won a number of awards.  After experiencing a raw vegan meal at a top restaurant, he shifted his focus to creating only raw food cuisine, and it has been a huge hit.  So far, Academy graduates come from over 30 countries and from all over the United States.

Kenney keeps the class sizes small so that all students can have personal attention.  His instructors are top-notch chefs in their own right and give students a lot of hands-on experience.  To receive a certificate, students must complete a one-month accelerated course or a two-month standard course.  Upper level courses are also available.

Find out more about the Matthew Kenney Academy at, or read more about it and raw cuisine on the blogs below.

The Almost Vegan Blog has an article on eating at Matthew Kenney’s restaurant with plenty of pictures.

Chef Sean Moylan talks about being a student at the academy and the different meals he has learned to make.

Another review of the restaurant, this one from Kristen’s Raw blog.

Music and Medicine also reviews the restaurant.

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  • 1 damion // Dec 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    This is really awesome. Thank you so much for sharing. Kennedy was a star for me.

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