PEOPLE: MEL, HEAD CHEF

What makes you smile when you cook?
Thinking about the happiness I am creating for my customers makes me smile. I cook because I love creating great food that can make someone’s day, cheer them up or just add a dash of delicious to someone’s life!

What is one of your most unforgettable work experiences?
This question equivocates to “what’s your favorite thing to cook?” I do not have an answer! There are so many moments ranging from when I started learning to decorate pastries, my first 16 hour day, the biggest wedding I have ever worked which included a refrigerated semi, catering Lauren’s wedding and so on! I am blessed with too many unforgettable moments to put them in order of importance.

What is your favorite place you’ve ever visited, food being the qualifier of course?
INDIA! The depth of flavor from the vast variety of freshly ground spices and ingredients, coupled with perfect technique and heart and soul make authentic Indian food some of the best in the world…in my opinion of course.

If your apartment was on fire and you could only grab three things, what would they be?
Computer, Sari and my crafting box that I store all kinds of memorabilia from mine, my friend’s and my family’s lives.