Melissa King (chef) Bio, Age, Family, GAY, Husband, Top Chef, Weight Loss, Restaurant, Instagram, School, Net Worth, Career

Melissa King Biography

Melissa King is a Cantonese-American chef and television personality best known for taking part in the reality competition series Top Chef. She made her Top Chef: Boston debut in the 12th season and placed fourth; she then competed again and won in the 17th season of Top Chef: All-Stars L.A. Her specialty is modern Californian food with Asian nuances.

How old is Melissa King? – Age

She was born on the 11th of October 1983 in Whittier, California, United States. She turned 39 years in 2022.

Where did Melissa King go to school? – Education

Prior to transferring to the University of California, Irvine, she completed her undergraduate studies in cognitive science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she started her academic career.
The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, is where she later enrolled, where she eventually graduated with an A.A. in culinary arts. She has also been certified as a Level 1 Sommelier by The Court of Master Sommeliers.

Melissa King Parents and Siblings – Family

She is the older sister among two. Her parents relocated to Los Angeles from Hong Kong in the late 1960s. Her mother was an aerospace engineer, and her father worked as an electrical engineer.

Melissa King Partner/Husband – Gay

King, who is openly gay, supports environmental sustainability, women’s emancipation, LGBTQ equality, and youth food education.

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Did Melissa ever win Top Chef?

King became well-known across the country after placing fourth in the final of Season 12 of Bravo’s Top Chef. King received a second invitation to compete in Season 17 of Top Chef, the program’s second all-star season, when she won the $250,000 top prize and was proclaimed the winner. She subsequently received an additional $10,000 for being chosen as Season 17’s “fan favorite,” which she donated to a number of charitable organizations, including The Trevor Project, Asian Americans for Equality, Asian Youth Center, and Black Visions Collective. More than any other contestant in the history of Top Chef, she has won the most individual challenges in a single season. King was a finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef in 2014 (season 12), and he ultimately took home the title. King won Top Chef All-Stars in 2020 after finishing as a finalist on Season 12 of Top Chef in 2014. On Top Chef (season 18) and Top Chef, King served as a guest judge (season 19).

How did Melissa King lose weight? – Weight Loss

She shed 40 pounds (18.1 Kgs). She did this by exercising and consuming fewer carbohydrates and sugars.

Melissa King Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of $1.5 Million.

Melissa King Career

At the age of 17, King began working in a kitchen as a pastry assistant at the Getty Museum. She worked as an apprentice for ten years under various James Beard Award-winning and Michelin-starred chefs, such as Dominique Crenn and Ron Siegel. In the Bay Area, she has held positions at a number of Michelin-starred eateries, including  Luce, Campton Place, and The Dining Room (Ritz-Carlton San Francisco). She represented Whole Foods Market in the culinary world. She received the title of “Best Female Chef” in San Francisco.

King is the creator of King Sauce, a small batch brand of unique sauces, as well as the proprietor of a business that focuses on relationships and experiences in the food industry. King made her modeling debut in a worldwide Levi Strauss Pride Campaign in 2018.
King appeared in interviews for the Gap Inc. Instagram Reel in 2021 that were timed to go along with the company’s SP21 Individual Anthems campaign.

King participated in the Sesame Street: See Us Coming Together Special in 2021, a program that honored the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population. King served as a special guest judge on The Julia Child Challenge on the Food Network in 2022. In addition to Kohler Food & Wine Experience, Coachella, South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Outsidelands, Pebble Beach Food & Wine, and KitchenAid SrPGA, she has played at a number of notable culinary and music events.

Melissa King Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts

  • His Instagram account is (@chefmelissaking).
  • His Twitter account is; Melissa King (@ChefMelissaKing).
  • His Facebook account is Melissa King.

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