Melinda was born into the restaurant business. At the age of five, she was peeling potatoes, by six, chopping parsley with a chef’s knife, and at seven, waiting tables in her father’s cafe. A life gifted with food for thought and food for the table, she began creating recipes when she was just a young girl. Raised in Silicon Valley, she was exposed to the San Francisco Bay Area’s finest restaurants. Traveling through Europe with her parents, she was immersed in international cooking wisdom via the Italian and French countryside’s. Her Northern Italian family and friends have been entrepreneurs in the culinary arts for many generations.