Chef Melissa King is one of the most exciting young talents in America’s culinary scene. After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America, King trained under several Michelin-star and James Beard-recognized restaurants including Luce (Dominique Crenn), Delfina (Craig Stoll), Campton Place, and the former Ritz Carlton Dining Room (Ron Siegel). She earned national recognition as a finalist on the Bravo hit TV series Top Chef.
King’s hyper-local cooking style combines the Bay Area’s best ingredients with classic French techniques and delicate Asian flavors. In 2015, King founded Co+Lab, an experimental pop-up dinner series in which she collaborates with local chefs and food artisans. She is a supporter of women empowerment, environmental sustainability, and is an active chef ambassador for Whole Foods Market, global pioneers of the organic food movement. She was selected as Celebrity Grand Marshal representing the LGBTQ community for San Francisco Pride 2016. She has made appearances for a variety of organizations, speaking panels, and food & music festivals. She is currently working on the opening of Elle Café in the heart of the fashion district of Tokyo, in collaboration with Elle Japan Magazine.
"When I'm not in the kitchen, you'll find me at a concert, exploring the outdoors, or in the yoga studio. Life is an adventure! It's easy to be extreme, but balance is what I strive for in life and in my cooking." - Melissa King