From Mercury News:
Two Bay Area culinary whizzes – both private chefs, one in Silicon Valley and one in San Francisco – are among the 16 “cheftestants” competing on the next season of Bravo’s popular “Top Chef.” … Melissa King, 30, who was raised in Los Angeles but now lives in San Francisco, where she trained under a number of acclaimed chefs, including Ron Siegel at the Ritz-Carlton, Dominique Crenn and Craig Stoll.  She currently works as a private chef for Kitchit. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she also has a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science from UC Irvine.

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