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Melissa King (Chef) Bio, Age, Height, Family, Gay, Top Chef, Career

Melissa King Biography

A native of Whittier, California, Melissa King is a Chinese-American chef, who is best known as a finalist on season 12 of the reality show, Top Chef.

Melissa King Age

King was born on October 11, 1983. She is 36 years old as of 2019.

Melissa King Height

King’s height measurements are not yet available.

Melissa King Family

King’s parents immigrated from Hong Kong to Los Angeles in the late 1960s. Her mother worked as an aerospace engineer and her father, an electrical engineer. She has two older sisters.

Melissa King Gay

King has been open about her sexuality. She is gay and is a known advocate for LGBTQ equality. In 2015, she was awarded Grand Marshall for San Francisco Pride.

Melissa King Photo
Melissa King Photo

Melissa King Education

King attended the University of California, Santa Barbara. She later transferred to the University of California, Irvine, where she graduated with a B.A. in cognitive science.

After that, King attended The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where she earned an A.A. in culinary arts. She also has The Court of Master Sommeliers.

Melissa King Career

When King was 17 years old, she began working as a pastry assistant at the Getty Museum. She would go ahead and train under chefs like Dominique Crenn and Ron Siegel over the next 10 years.

King has worked in restaurants like Campton Place, Luce, Delfina, and The Dining Room. She appears at national food festivals for consultation. She is also a chef ambassador for Whole Foods Market.

Melissa King Top Chef

King became well known nationally after appearing on season 12 of Bravo’s television series, Top Chef, where she was a semi-finalist.

Top Chef: All-Stars L.A

She later appeared for season 17 of Top Chef known as Top Chef: All-Stars L.A, in 2020.


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