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X Factor finalist Vino Alan is a master of duality. The 40-year-old singer is covered in tattoos from skull to foot, but not at all hesitant about baring his soul to live audiences each week on national television. Snooki, in Vino’s defense, said it best: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Speaking exclusively with Wetpaint Entertainment after his November 28, 2012 performance, Vino revealed even more of his softer side — while gushing about his new girlfriend, Los Angeles chef Lindsay Crolius. Vino, who apparently suffers from food allergies, says his girlfriend is helping him get through the daily grind by making sure he's well fed.

What’s your secret to keeping up your energy?
You’ve got to stay healthy. I’m actually allergic to so much stuff. I’m allergic to gluten, yeast and all types of stuff. So, I have to stay Zen, too.

Is it harder to keep up with hours of doing this show and the hard work with so many allergies?
It’s crazy. It’s tough. Well, my girlfriend is a chef, a world-class chef, so she’s been making me some real good stuff that’s good for me. It’s really hard to do on the road.  She made me individual dishes. She’s kind of well known, kind of like a celebrity chef name.

What’s your girlfriend’s name?
Her name is Chef Lindsay Crolius. She’s amazing. She’s awesome.

What’s your favorite dish that your girlfriend makes?
Well, she specializes in Italian food, but I love her stuffed peppers.

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