Chef Ra

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

Chef Ra (October 10, 1950 – December 26, 2006), born Jim Wilson, Jr.,[1] was a long-time cannabis advocate and cannabis foods writer in the United States. 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.[2]


"Chef Ra's Psychedelic Kitchen" column appeared in High Times off and on for 15 years.[3] The articles would weave together Ra's insights on life together with a new ganja recipe. Ra would also report on travels to cannabis culture events.[4] Selected columns from 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.[5] Ra was featured in the short film Bumbaclots in Negril (1999) alongside fellow High Times staffers.


  1. ^ Wood, Paul (2006-12-28). "Chef Ra Enjoyed the High Life". The News-Gazette. Retrieved 2007-04-10. 
  2. ^ "36th Annual Ann Arbor Hash Bash" (Press release). Michigan NORML. 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  3. ^ Hager, Steve (2006-12-26). "RIP James 'Chef Ra' Wilson". High Times. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  4. ^ Chef Ra (2002-06-06). "Jah and the Hash Bash: walking the long road to herbal justice". High Times. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  5. ^ Pankoke, Jason (2006-12-29). "Chef Ra, 1950-2006". C-U Blogfidential: all about the Movies of Micro-Film Country. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 

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