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Winner and Fan Favorite of Top Chef: All Stars
Trailblazing Modern Californian-Asian Cuisine Chef & Entrepreneur
Asian American and LGBTQ Advocate
Face of IBM's 5 in 5 series, highlighting 5 innovations that will change our lives in 5 years
Known for her technical precision and ability to blend modern California cuisine with Asian flavors, Chef Melissa King is a proud Chinese American and queer chef who is also creative and entrepreneurial outside of the kitchen. Chef King is best known as the winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All Stars: Los Angeles Season 17 and is also the winner of All Star’s Fan Favorite. With over 15 years in the industry, Chef King has helmed several Michelin starred kitchens in San Francisco and is acclaimed around the world.
As a proud Asian-American, queer woman, Chef King is passionate about cultural inclusivity, media representation, environmental sustainability, and social justice. Most notably, she donated her $10,000 Fan Favorite prize money in support of marginalized Black, Asian and LGBTQI communities, and she continues to support them through active work, help raising awareness, and funding through her entrepreneurial ventures.
Chef King is also a food entrepreneur with a passion for partnerships, and has created ice cream and sauces that sell out in minutes. She’s the face of IMB Research's 5 in 5 series, focused on 5 innovations that will change our lives within 5 years. She’s called on as a creative consultant for companies around the world
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