Who We Are 2018-03-15T11:41:06+00:00


Chef & Owner

David began his culinary journey 16 years ago in Mexico at Pizzoloto Culinary University. Since then he had the privilege of learning different cuisines such as Peruvian, Greek and Italian and was always known for creating delicious and unique flavours.

Six years ago David was blessed to have a beautiful daughter (Athena) and soon after he decided to change his career in an attempt to spend more time with his family. But that did not last long as his passion for food and his desire to raise his daughter the healthiest way possible brought him back into the culinary world. In 2013 he met his current life partner, Otilia, with whom he began a whole new journey towards healthy foods and optimum nutrition.

David felt so great after switching to a raw/vegan/vegetarian diet that he made it his personal mission to share his newly acquired knowledge and passion for cooking with people all over the world. Whether he is in the kitchen preparing a delicious meal, in the cafe talking to our guests or attending the latest conference on nutrition, David has one goal: to show people that raw/vegan/vegetarian food can taste amazing and that feeling great and full of energy is possible.

Cooking is not just his Passion; it is his Life!


Certified Holistic
Health Coach

Otilia Kiss is a Health & Mindset Coach, Best-selling Author, Speaker and Entrepreneur who specializes in helping health-conscious clients to restore their health by coaching them on the power of plant-based nutrition and mindset mastery.

Through her work with Fortune 500 Companies in the food service industry for over 14 years, Otilia has enjoyed inspiring clients to become more aware of the foods they eat and the impact those have on their health. A passionate, caring and knowledgeable public speaker, Otilia is an expert in helping clients get clear on their goals and implementing life-long strategies to maximize their energy, vitality and nutrition.

Otilia received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, Otilia helps clients create completely personalized ‘road-maps to restoring health that suit ones unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals, producing real and lasting results.

Today, Otilia has a thriving and rewarding health coaching practice in Toronto, Canada, helping people master their health and transform their lives.



Raw Dessert Chef

Tanya is co-owner of Thrive Organic Kitchen & Café which provides healthier food to the local neighbourhood and advocates for better nutrition around the world.

Tanya is a health food connoisseur whose passion for raw, vegan foods began with the health of her own family. “When health issues arose for my family years ago, a friend recommended a Raw Food Diet. I jumped right in, researching the health benefits of raw foods and being mentored by a holistic nutritionist. It was the start of my journey to health—it changed my body, mind and life forever!” says Tanya.

Tanya went on to launch Living Chocolate, a raw food desert business that provided local restaurants with organic, raw, vegan Chocolate Bars, Superfood Powderballs and “Cheese” Cakes. Thrive Organics was one of Tanya’s first clients and over the years they have built a great working relationship.

“We decided to partner together officially as both Thrive and Living Chocolate are 100% nutritionally-focused and have the same vision to educate people about nutrition in a way that impacts their lives and helps them to thrive!” says Tanya about becoming a co-owner. Her deliciously nutritious deserts are now packaged under the Thrive brand and are still one of Thrive’s most popular menu items, and her business acumen for franchising and expansion will help bring a Thrive Organic Kitchen & Cafe to a neighbourhood near you!