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Chef Ra

Chef Ra
Born (1950-10-10)October 10, 1950
Charleston, West Virginia
Died December 26, 2006(2006-12-26) (aged 56)
Urbana, Illinois
Cooking style Ganja (marijuana)
Education Urbana High School where he was class president his senior year. He attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chef Ra (October 10, 1950 – December 26, 2006), born Jim Wilson, Jr.,[1] was a long-time marijuana advocate and cannabis foods writer in the United States.[2] After gaining notoriety as a ganja gourmet, he began writing his High Times column, "Chef Ra's Psychedelic Kitchen", in 1988 at the request of editor Steve Hager. Ra was a fixture of Ann Arbor's Hash Bash, speaking out about the benefits of cannabis for 19 consecutive years before his death.[3]


"Chef Ra's Psychedelic Kitchen" column appeared in Chef Ra's Recipe Box remain available online.


Chef Ra starred in a pair of videos produced by High Times, including Ganja Gourmet (2003) and Chef Ra Escapes Babylon (1980s). The latter features Ra’s visit to Jamaica, and had a rare public screening at the 1998 Freaky Film Festival in Champaign-Urbana.[6] Ra was featured in the short film Bumbaclots in Negril (1999) alongside fellow High Times staffers.


External links

  • Chef Ra MySpace page
  • Chef Ra speaking at 2006 Hash Bash
  • (1999), featuring Chef Ra
  • WEFT archives. (Broken Link)
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