Melissa Mayo

Hi, I'm Melissa

A Food Network chef, author and inspirational speaker -- yet my most beloved roles are those of wife and mom. Two years ago I manifested a home and cooking school in Italy into my life by following a simple formula.

In response to all your requests I created the "Miracles Manifested Masterclass" to show you how you can attract and create miracles in your own life, by following the blueprint I outline in my book, audio book and online course.

It will change your life forever. I guarantee it. So let's get started xxx

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MEET MELISSA

BORN IN SA / LIVING IN LA/ RETIRING IN ITALYWatch the video to meet Melissa

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COOKING

Ever heard of biltong, boerewors, or braaivleis? You’re not alone. Yet these dishes are the cornerstones of every South African’s diet. This is the food I grew up eating. Like many South Africans my front door is always open, and my home is full of guests and an abundance of good food.

I was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home, and I learned to cook at my mom’s knee. I was her official taster. She‘d always say, “Melissa, if you need a recipe, you can’t cook!” So I was taught to taste my way to the perfect dish.

After completing my MBA I moved to California. I spent several years cooking for prominent Hollywood studios, and Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer. I used this time to experiment. I also appeared on two seasons of Food Network's “Private Chefs of Beverly Hills”.


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FAMILY & TRAVEL

I moved all the way to California to meet my hunky South African husband, Saul. He is my soul mate and together we have surfed the oceans of the world. I adore him. He always supports all my crazy dreams.

We have a magnificent and talented teenage daughter Jade, who is my entire life and my very best friend. She has the voice of an angel and I feel so blessed to be her mom. Family is everything to me. They make every day better.

When I met Saul I had barely travelled, but he has ants in his pants and over the past 18 years he has shown me the world. We have a map dotted with pins of the places we have been. I literally eat my way through each country, trying out new dishes and flavors. And these travels have influenced my style of cooking.


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ITALY

I developed a love affair with Italy. No matter how many places we visited I just wanted to go back. Ten years ago I told Saul that I wanted to retire there. And instead of laughing at me he nodded his consent.

I spent over a decade sending energy to my manifestation and two years ago we purchased a gorgeous home in Lucca Italy. During the summers I offer international cooking experiences at our pool, to food lovers who want to create mouthwatering dishes, under the Tuscan sun.

Italians understand the true meaning of “La Dolce Vita”. The sweet life is made up of long lazy afternoons, enjoying incredible food and great conversation. The slow (piano) pace is almost non-existent in this plugged in world. I treasure the people, history, culture and my Italian gets better with every visit.


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PHILOSOPHY

I’m passionate about food, but I also enjoy feeling fit and healthy. I believe that a healthy body needs a healthy soul. It is much more important to work in than it is to work out. So a mediation and spiritual practice is essential.

Nutrition is also key. By cooking with fresh ingredients, you control what you put in your body. When I moved to America, I missed the tastes of home. So I began recreating them in my kitchen. Once I was in control of the ingredients, the weight I had been holding onto in my teens and 20's just fell off.

That's why I believe that abs are made in the Kitchen. I aim to EAT THE RAINBOW and don't believe in crazy diets or restrictions. I eat everything. But the secret to achieving your dream body, is to make healthy, clean and delicious home cooked meals.


FUN FACTS

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IN THE NEWS

For a full list of articles and features, please email melissa@melissamayo.com

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