Melissa Gaman

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Jersey City, NJ
The Institute Of Culinary Education, Columbia University
Weeknight Dinner Recipes, Baking Expertise, Ingredient Knowledge
  • In "Throwdown with Bobby Flay" Season 3, Melissa was part of a small team baking and building a 4-foot gingerbread replica of the Empire State Building.
  • She has been a judge in chili and pickle competitions, as well as a featured diner on an episode of "Top Chef."
  • As a line cook in New York City, Melissa prepared dishes for celebrities such as Seal, Lenny Kravitz, and Nicole Kidman.


Melissa has worked as an editor, recipe developer, and food writer for over 20 years. She previously worked as a full-time recipe developer and food editor at The Food Network, where she created and edited recipes, tips, and headnotes for the Food Network Magazine and wrote feature articles for the Food Network website. She has also written notable features or developed recipes for a variety of leading media outlets, including Art Culinaire, Real Simple, and Fine Cooking magazines, in addition to contributing to cookbooks such as "The Joy of Cooking," "The Fiamma Cookbook," and "The Beauty Diet."


Melissa received her culinary diploma from The Institute of Culinary Education and a bachelor's degree in English from Columbia University.
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