My name is Alyssa, and in the kitchen I go by "Chef Orky," which is a childhood nickname that stuck around. I am 30 years old and currently living in Astoria, NY but grew up on Long Island. I’m a 5th grade teacher teaching students that are learning English for the first time. I love to travel and explore other cultures, especially through their food!
In my family, dinner is a time to connect with each other, and my mother always put extra love into all of her food. As a result, I’ve come to love cooking all types of cuisines. Not only has cooking helped me reach and maintain a healthier weight, but it has also been a stress reducer, hobby, and a social activity. In my blog "'Chef' Orky's Kitchen" I provide recipes and how to prepare them, healthy substitutions I've learned to make, and how to use them without changing the quality. I hope you enjoy my recipes, and look forward to having you as a reader!