Meet RealEats Head of Culinary, World-Class Chef Aliya LeeKong
Aliya’s approach to cooking is a culmination of her unique life experiences and global travel. Growing up with a multicultural heritage exposed her to international flavors at an early age. She spent years working in Michelin-starred fine dining restaurants and has traveled to over 40 countries where she studied food traditions in the homes of regional cooks. She now draws from her worldly experience in global-local flavors to create dishes that RealEaters can enjoy at their own table.
With the RealEats HQ in the heart of the Finger Lakes rich agricultural region, Aliya and the RealEats culinary team unite worldly flavors with hyper-local ingredients sourced from regional farms. The result is a menu of simple, healthy, delicious meals you can’t find anywhere else.
About Chef Aliya LeeKong
Aliya LeeKong is a Chef, Cookbook Author, Television Personality and Mother with a passion for bringing global and socially conscious foods, spices, and traditions 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, Michelin-starred restaurants around New York City including Jean Georges, Per Se, and Junoon, where she was Chef/Culinary Creative Director, 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.
About the RealEats Culinary Team
The RealEats Culinary Team is dedicated to executing flavorful, healthful dishes that feature whole, fresh ingredients and nothing you don’t want to be eating. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes rich agricultural region, we aim to provide a wide a variety of seasonally appropriate and energy boosting plates: different colors, textures, clean flavors, delicious tastes.
Each and every RealEats meal is delivered fresh, never-frozen, and thoughtfully prepared by one of our seasoned chefs, using premium quality, mostly organic ingredients that are free of preservatives, additives or junk of any kind.
In a dream world, we wake up, go to work, come home, and still have the energy and enthusiasm to make a tasty, nutritious dinner for ourselves and our families. In reality, there comes a moment in each day when we are forced to make that choice between "healthy" and "easy".
That’s why we created RealEats. As a busy single dad, our founder, Dan searched for a meal solution that would remove the need to compromise on dinner. He stumbled upon a little secret that top restaurants had been using for decades. Excited about his new discovery, he did what he never thought a guy who can’t cook would do—he started a food company.
People want to know where their food comes from. We have a responsibility to support the farmers who grow the locally-sourced ingredients that sustain us. And today, people are in a constant battle to choose between healthy and fast.
Now there’s a new choice. It takes a pot of boiling water and 6 minutes. Meet RealEats. It’s fresh, healthy meals delivered right to your door. Like inviting skilled chefs to your home. Chefs that give you time back with your family and friends.
RealEats is the feel-good and look-good solution. It’s all in the bag.
The Real Way
If it isn’t straight from Mother Nature herself, we don’t use it. We prepare whole vegetables, grains, meats and fish in our kitchen.
Better for You
We deliver meals in single portion sizes that are usually 600 calories or less.
Flavorful & Fresh
By vacuum-packing each meal, we lock in the flavor and nutrients of real food, keeping it fresh in the fridge for 7 days.
Earth & Human Friendly
Our BPA-free meal pouches are FDA approved and help reduce both food and packaging waste.
People are Talking
I absolutely love it! The meals are always delicious, fresh, and made with minimal ingredients overall.
Flavorful Fish Curry and the spinach had great texture. Delicious! Convenient prepared meals for those on the go! Compliments to the Chef.
Feed My Soul!
My first RealEats meal was amazing - herbed shrimp and parsnip cakes!!! The instructions were fool proof and the food itself was delicious - seasoned perfectly and so fresh! Many thanks to the RealEats team and Chef Aliya for de-complicating my life while expanding my palate and feeding my soul!
Just wanted to give a heads up, love the service, it really helps me stay healthy.
We've been enjoying your food for more than 3 weeks now and it has been a real game changer for us in terms of being able to have dinner as a family.
We are loving your food. The shrimp last week was unreal!
We loved every meal, though I think the turkey was my favorite! I already sent my sister, who has a 1 and 4 year old, the info because I think it's perfect for her after a long day!
OMG, this is fantastic.
I teach, and my wife has Alzheimer’s and can’t cook. This is the answer to my prayers.
Living in NYC RealEats has been a 'God send' in terms of meals with my wife. Easy breezy, great tasting, filling, is actually cheaper then ordering out. We love it and guess what? It's healthy and we are actually losing weight also. Who knew?
Love The Quality.
I'm a mother of 2 young boys (a 3 month old and a 3 year old!) and this meal option has really been great for my husband and I. I really love the quality and that it's healthy. Thank you - so far!
I Tell Everyone I Know.
I've tried several different ready-made meal services in the last year, and so far RealEats has far surpassed the others in terms of balancing food quality, sustainability, price and nutrition. Plus I like that since I'm also in NY, it's not being shipped from across the country and you're supporting farms in my neck of the woods.
My husband and I love RealEats and we are so happy we came across it!
Best Salmon Ever.
I just got my meals today! First thing I tried was the salmon and white beans. Let me tell you, I cannot stand salmon because of the strong taste but this was the BEST salmon I've EVER had!! I'm so glad I found your site. I can't wait to try the rest of the meals!!
Fresh, Fast & Healthy.
We just got our first order. We loved almost everything. But the absolute best part was how quickly we were able to eat, get the babies ready for bed and be on our couch for an hour before the grind starts again. The food is fresh and so healthy. We were throwing away so much each week. So wasteful. I can't wait for week 2. This was a game changer for our family!
Ate my first meal tonight. I had the orecchiette pasta with broccoli rabe, prosciutto and farm eggs. So easy to make and this is something I would never be able to cook myself. It was delicious and a generous portion, so I will bring the rest of it to work for lunch tomorrow.