Aliya LeeKong is a chef, cookbook author, television personality (and mother!) with a passion for bringing global conscious foods into everyday cooking and eating. Aliya earned degrees from both Brown University and Columbia University before training at the International Culinary Center. She then traveled to different countries to learn food traditions, and worked in diverse restaurants around New York City including Jean Georges, Per Se and Junoon before writing her first cookbook, Exotic Table - Flavors, Inspiration, and Recipes from Around the World – to Your Kitchen (named “Best of the Best” by Food & Wine magazine in 2014). Aliya has been a guest chef on NBC’s Today Show, a judge on both Beat Bobby Flay and Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, a culinary expert on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, has worked with brands like Stella Artois and Cadillac and has been widely covered in publications like Food & Wine, Vogue India, Shape, Eater and Food Republic. She is currently Chief Culinary Officer for RealEats, a food tech platform that makes it simple for consumers to access and enjoy a variety of real food. Aliya resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two daughters.