After winning “Top Chef: All Stars L.A.,” [Melissa King] donated all her prize money to charity. The National Black Coalition, Asian Americans for Equality, Asian Youth Center and the Trevor Project benefited not only from her donation, but King’s new reality TV fame also brought attention to their causes. … [Melissa] King grew up in the San Gabriel Valley in the 1990s. She graduated from UC Irvine with a cognitive science degree, then excelled at the Culinary Institute of America.

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