Her father was one of Portland's most renowned rhythm and blues musicians. Her mother a dedicated social worker, helping Oregon's low-income mothers build the skills necessary to succeed, as well as providing security and comfort for special needs adults. It is no wonder that Keela Sanders has found her purpose helping, and raising the hope of those who surround her. The passing of her father in 2009, due to accelerated cancer, was the catalyst she needed to look at her life through a new lens; are we living to eat or eating to live?
She's been cooking all her life and professionally for the last four years. Keela attended Southern Oregon University for a year, focusing on video production, before deciding that the American University system wasn't for her. She set out in the food industry, learning first-hand from experienced cooks and chefs. She was gifted a culinary school textbook by one of the chef's she worked under and taught herself everything from knife-skills to flavor pairing. In 2010 she stumbled upon Ani Phyo, undoubtedly one of the top icons in raw/live foods out there today. The seeds of knowledge were planted and have been growing into quite a dense jungle of exploration, knowledge and most of all experience.