Aliya Leekong

Meet the International Culinary Center alum.

Aliya LeeKong is a chef, cookbook author, television personality and mother with a passion for bringing global health-conscious foods into everyday cooking and eating.

Aliya earned degrees from 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 Beat Bobby Flay and Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, a culinary expert on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and has been widely covered in publications like Food & Wine, Vogue India, Shape, Eater and Food Republic. Aliya lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Aliya LeeKong graduated from the International Culinary Center (ICC), founded as The French Culinary Institute (FCI). In 2020, ICE and ICC came together on one strong and dynamic national platform at ICE's campuses in New York City and Los Angeles. ICC’s culinary education legacy lives on at ICE, where you can explore your own future in food.

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