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Chef Melissa Petitto

Personal Chef In Santa Barbara

Chef Melissa Petitto

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Plant Based Food Lover, A-List Personal Chef, Registered Dietitian, Cookbook Author

With a Jewish mother and an Italian father, Melissa Petitto was raised around an eclectic collection of food. With two seemingly diverse cultures that center life around the kitchen, Petitto gained an early appreciation for food and its impact on a person’s life.

Graduating from Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Nutrition in 2004, Petitto received the top honor of Apprenti Cuisinier. In order to enhance her skills and opportunities, she furthered her education at Emory University Hospitals with a dietetic internship. Upon passing her registered dietician’s exam, Petitto made the move to New York City to pursue her career goal of becoming a personal chef.

After twelve years in the city, Petitto has become the personal chef she had envisioned herself to be with an A-list clientele. She has worked with Lucy Liu, Gwyneth Paltro, Christy Turlington, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams…just to name a few.

In recent years, she has traveled to teach cooking classes. Traveling to South Carolina to work at the Hilton Head Health Institute, a premier weight loss spa, where she lectures, presents food demonstrations, and consults with individual clients in attendance. Her recent move to Santa Barbara, CA is the next adventure she is extremely excited to embark upon.

Cookbook writing is the next goal that Melissa has undertaken. With three titles under her belt, An Apple A Day, 30 Minute Paleo Meals, and Red Hot Sriracha, her fourth that she collaborated on with Hilaria Baldwin, The Living Cleary Method, came out at the end of 2016.

My services

As a Private Chef, I can offer you:

Personal Chef

Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Santa Barbara.

Cooking Classes

Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Santa Barbara.

Culinary Consultancy

Trust me as a culinary consultant to help you with your concept in Santa Barbara.

Tupperware meals

If you are looking for someone to keep your fridge full of incredible meals in Santa Barbara, count me in.

Book your experience with Chef Melissa

Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.