Premium- Top Chef -Top Chef Melissa King On Being A Judge, The Show's Fans, & Her Bravolebrity Status
Since her first appearance on Top Chef: Boston in 2014, Melissa King has grown into a bonafide culinary queen. At first a shy, hesitant chef, the Chinese American gained confidence in her premiere season and came back to All-Stars L.A. in 2020 ready to dominate.
Her calm demeanor and precise cooking techniques impressed not only judges Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and Gail Simmons but viewers at home, who salivated as she whipped up lobster wontons, beef curries, olive oil pistachio cakes, and Michelin-level broths. Every one of her dishes felt like a discovery.
“It’s hard to compete with that kind of precision and creativity and execution,” Lakshmi told Variety. She went on to deem Melissa's food "flawless."
Now, the reigning Top Chef is joining the Judges’ Table as one of a collection of all-stars lending their taste buds to Top Chef: Portland, set to debut April 1 on Bravo.
Alongside alumni Richard Blais, Carrie Baird, Nina Compton, Tiffany Derry, Gregory Gourdet, Kristen Kish, Edward Lee, Kwame Onwuachi, Amar Santana, Dale Talde, and Brooke Williamson, Melissa will be part of the rotating roster of alumni who will have a seat at the judges' and dining table. (Don't worry, Colicchio, Simmons, and Lakshmi will be there, too.)
Following Melissa's win last year, the 37-year-old has thoroughly asserted herself in the food scene, and Hollywood, too, though she's decided not to open her own restaurant just yet. She is, however, owner of King Sauce, a small-batched sauce and spice line that sells out every single time it hits her online shop. (More on that later.)