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Southern Chef who prides herself on professionalism, creating experiences & a mouth of memories
Melissa Cottingham has had a passion for culinary arts since she was knee high to a grasshopper. Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, she began cooking at twelve alongside her mother Beverly Cottingham. Melissa took her talents to Los Angeles, CA, where she worked in TV, film and commercials, before deciding to pursue culinary arts. She currently is the Owner & CEO of the pop up restaurant, Melnificent Wingz, a mixture of traditional and gourmet style chicken wings in Los Angeles, CA.
After finding her late mother, Beverly Cottingham, cookbooks and hand-written recipes, Melissa knew that she had to get back to her first love, so she took a closer look at pursuing her passion for cooking. Dedicated to learning everything about her craft, in spring of 2015, while still working in production, she enrolled in night culinary classes at The New School of Cooking. While there, Cottingham was selected to lead her classmates for the graduation lunch; she assisted various chefs with their demos, and her photo is still used in promotional materials for the annual Women’s Chef & Restaurateur event hosted by the school.
Enthusiastic about cultural cuisines, she believes that the best way to learn about a culture is to join them in their kitchen. Melissa has been featured on the Complex Magazine show “Good Looking Out,” with Hosts: Ray J and Natasha Martinez. She has graced the palates of Kym Whitley, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marsai Martin, Larenz Tate, Anthony Anderson, Shaunie O’Neal, Jenifer Lewis, Shangela, KevOnStage and many more.
When she’s not at a culinary event or testing cultural spices, Melissa enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering her time to mentor youth at the Extraordinary Families Foster Care & Adoption Foundation, and finding the best chicken wing place worldwide. With a smile and personality that can’t help but charm you, Melissa’s courageous story of triumph, strength, and love is the drive behind her passion for cooking. Her greatest pleasure will always be bringing people together over comfort food.
For me, cooking is...
Cooking is my therapy, my passion and how I can express myself on a plate all while giving hugs from the inside out to others. I love being of service
I learned to cook at...
I learned to cook starting with my mother at a young age and then I professionally trained at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA
A role model in the kitchen is...
My role model is my mother, the late Beverly Cottingham, who was a Chef, loved ingredients and bringing people together around a good meal
A cooking secret...
My secret in the kitchen is having a great playlist
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Burbank.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Burbank. You name it!
Interactive or demonstrative, I can provide showcooking services all around Burbank.
If you are looking for someone to keep your fridge full of incredible meals in Burbank, count me in.
Melissa's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Book your experience with Chef Melissa
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.