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 chefs including Dominique Crenn, Craig Stoll (Delfina), and Ron Siegel (The Ritz Carlton Dining Room). She earned national recognition placing as a finalist on the Bravo TV series TOP CHEF. King’s hyper-local cooking style combines the Bay Area’s best ingredients with 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’s empowerment, environmental sustainability, and is the first chef ambassador for Whole Foods Market, a global organic foods supermarket. She was selected as Celebrity Grand Marshal for San Francisco Pride 2016 advocating for the LGBTQ community. She is the executive guest chef of Elle Café Aoyama, a fine dining restaurant in the fashion district of Tokyo, in collaboration with Elle Magazine that opened in November 2016. She actively participates in food & music festivals such as Outsidelands, Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival, & Napa Valley Film Festival. Thrillist recognized Chef King as one of the best female chefs in San Francisco.
"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