Chef Bun Lai

Chef Bun Lai is sustainable living advisor whose passion is to help people transform their lives through the rebuilding of their relationship with food. His mission is to help motivated people avoid diet-related chronic diseases such as obesity, type two diabetes, heart disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and certain cancers, extend the healthy years of their lives, reverse markers of aging, while increasing the overall quality of their lives. As the Director of Nutrition for New Haven Farms, he has taught healthy food preparation and nutrition to pre-diabetic clients. He is, also, passionate and experienced in fitness and athletics. As a wrestling coach, he has mentored state and New England champions, including world-class Mixed Martial Arts coach, John Clarke of Broadway Jiu Jitsu, as well as cornering in the finals of Nationals and The Olympic Trials for Sally Roberts. As as a speaker, he has spoken at Harvard School of Public Health, Culinary Institute of America, National Geographic, CNN, ABC, NBC, FOX, NPR, NHK, and the White House. Additionally, he has been featured in countless international media including Eating Well, Prevention, Outside, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, New York Times, The New Yorker, Mental Floss, and Wired.

Chef Bun Lai is the recipient of the 2016 White House Champion of Change Award, a 2018 James Beard Award finalist for the Blind Sushi documentary, an author that has written articles for Scientific American, Harvard Design, and The Hill. His family’s restaurant, Miya’s, is the first sustainable sushi restaurant in the world and continues as pop-ups.

Chef Bun Lai can be reached on social media (Twitter and Instagram: @cookinforpeace) and via email at