With a flavorful career on a stratospheric rise that is just as savory as her matchless dishes, Chef Melissa Hinton is a true food diva. This 5-star trained food goddess recently served up her palatable creations as a 2016 Essence Music Festival Selected Chef – an annual multi-day power event that attracts upwards of a half-million attendees to the Crescent City.
She is a culinary daughter of New Orleans who discovered at an early age that she was born hard-wired to MacGyver tasty cuisine from even the skimpiest of ingredients into masterpieces that are celebrated by locals. Chef Melissa truly learned the art of food appeal as a station chef at one of her first professional chef gigs in the early days of the now world brand, Whole Foods, at only its sixth store ever opened. Her work spans throughout a number of hotels including the legendary Windsor Court Hotel as a kitchen supervisor for the Grill Room.
Chef Melissa recently partnered with The Southern Food & Beverage Museum of Louisiana to cook up, dish up & demonstrate some of her favorite NOLA Cuisine. Chef Melissa unselfishly extends her heart and talent, and pays it forward. She’s a Chef’s Chef, giving back as a culinary instructor with Jefferson Parish Recreational Department & in the community. She’s also a fixture with the culinary team at The Ursuline Academy, one of these most highly acclaimed private academies in New Orleans. Additionally, in 2016, Chef Melissa launched "Operation Freely Give" - a monthly campaign where she and her team go into the community and freely provide hot soups & New Orleans Cuisine to the homeless and less fortunate.
PV: What is the first thing you tell yourself in the morning?
CM: "Let's Go!"...
PV: What motivates you?
CM: My daughter Mia motivates me knowing that I'm her example of a strong brown woman that keeps pushing no matter what!.., she constantly reminds me that's she admires my strength.
PV: If you could cook for one person in the world, who would that be and what would you say to them?
CM: 1st Lady Obama, I would prepare here a beautiful steak with balsamic reduction roasted sweet potatoes and grilled vegetables. I would tell her "1st Lady thank you for being the epitome of grace, thank you for all the initiatives that promote wellness for our communities & thank you for being fabulous while doing it".
Melissa's final Point Of Vieux