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Melissa Chmelar

Biography

A lot of New York street-smarts combined with the charm of a girl who spent half her young life at her family’s upstate home, have made Melissa Chmelar who she is. And who she is, is evident in her thriving restaurant and catering business Spoon.

It was during those long weekends and summer vacations that Melissa developed a keen interest in food and a respect for seasonality. Under the watchful eye of her mother, Melissa tapped maple trees, pickled, jammed and even churned butter from a local jersey cow. But the food sophisticate in her... READ MORE

A lot of New York street-smarts combined with the charm of a girl who spent half her young life at her family’s upstate home, have made Melissa Chmelar who she is. And who she is, is evident in her thriving restaurant and catering business Spoon.

It was during those long weekends and summer vacations that Melissa developed a keen interest in food and a respect for seasonality. Under the watchful eye of her mother, Melissa tapped maple trees, pickled, jammed and even churned butter from a local jersey cow. But the food sophisticate in her led Melissa to enrol at the London location of the world-renowned Le Cordon Bleu, where she received the Grand Diploma

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What is your favorite NYC restaurant? And what is your go-to dish? Buvette NYC; Gigot d'Agneau. What is your ultimate meal? Anything that pairs well with a Manhattan! What three things are always in your pantry? Anchovies, pasta, and capers. If you weren't a chef, what would you be? Stay at home mother. If you could cook with anyone, who would that be? My mom. What’s your favorite NYCWFF memory? The one I'm about to make.