Alaina grew up in an environment where healthy food was always the focus. Her parents taught vegetarian cooking classes out of their home, where a few delicious morsels were usually tossed her way. And so began her love affair with food. But not just cooking the food, also being in the kitchen, smelling the aromas, eating the labor of love, and enjoying the social atmosphere that good food brings. While Alaina went off to college to study Environmental Studies, her passion for food continued to grow. Her love for the natural environment brought her to live and work in several National Parks, most recently as a Naturalist and Tour Guide in Alaska’s Denali National Park. The many years spent in remote places challenged and inspired her cooking sensibilities. Kitchens were usually hard to come by, and the closest store often hours away. Equipped with a camp stove and whatever ingredients were available, Alaina became a creative and inventive chef who is not afraid of making everything from scratch and having fun while doing it. She hopes to continue finding fulfillment working to help people feel good by dishing up healthy foods that are individually customized according to personal tastes and dietary needs.

Alaina graduated with honors from the Natural Chef program at Bauman College. She works as a natural foods personal chef and also spends time at Spirit Rock Meditation Center as a retreat chef.