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Chef Alia Dalal began working in restaurants at age 16 and received her formal culinary training at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. With a passion for vibrant, natural cuisine, Chef Alia was named Healthy Cook of the Year in 2010 by Cooking Light magazine. After working in Michelin-starred kitchens in New York City and Chicago and an Ayurvedic destination spa in India, she realized that what she was really interested in was helping people eat quality, real food everyday, so she opened and continues to operate a personal chef business in Chicago. Chef Alia runs Chicago's only plant-based underground fine dining event: Seek Supper Club. She has taught cooking classes in hospitals, food co-ops and cooking schools, and was also named a finalist 2013 in WTTW's search for a host for the Chicago cult restaurant review TV show Check, Please!

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New Year, New You (with us!)

Although it’s the dead of winter here in Chicago, January is certainly a time of renewal. We dive back into our routines after holiday travel and take a moment to reprioritize. On many peoples' lists ...

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Improve your Digestion with (Dairy-free) Yogurt

If you have experienced any kind of digestive upset or issues, chances are, your doctor has recommended that you take a probiotic pill or eat more probiotic-rich foods. Probiotics are living bacteria ...

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Which Country has the World’s Healthiest Diet?

Have you heard of The Blue Zones? A few years ago, author Dan Buettner published a book of the same name where he researched 5 regions of the world where people not only lived longer than the ...

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Go-To Formulas for Clean Eating on a Weeknight

Many of my clean eating cooking class students express the same desire to me: they want to be able to just open their fridge and cook a delicious, healthy meal from what they have on hand, without ...

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Announcing Chicago’s First Clean Eating Boot Camp

As the resident wellness chef at The Chopping Block, I spend a lot of time thinking about our relationship with our food. Chefs are known to obsessively tinker with flavor and plating. Some ...

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Eat Healthy During the Holidays

To me, holiday meals are all about quality—sharing the best meal you can with the best people you know. It’s not about having the most complicated dishes, the most expensive ingredients, the most ...

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Back to School: Clean Eating Edition

I’ve always been a total learning junkie. Even back in the day I was a Class A nerd, taking classes like Etymology and Philosophy in addition to my usual high school course load. I’ve continued my ...

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The Protein Myth

If you were to pick up a fitness magazine or stop by your local gym, you’d likely hear mention of the latest health crisis in America: WE NEED MORE PROTEIN.

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Let’s Get Herbal: Creative Ways to Use Herbs

Do your attempts at home gardening look like mine?

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