cook your way to your dream body health life

Longevity and a fulfilled, joyful life is the end goal. It's time to give up diets that restrict entire food groups. My mission is to transform you into an intuitive chef by helping you master cooking basics, so you can create quick, easy, delicious and healthy homecooked meals. Taste your way to the perfect dish so you never need a recipe again!

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A Food Network chef, author, speaker and mom. During the summers I host luxury culinary experiences under the Tuscan sun. Here you will find the very best recipes, travel guides, videos and wellness tips. So let's cook it off!

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MEET MELISSA

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The secret is to make meals with fresh herbs, spices and quality seasonal ingredients from mother nature. Like my Italian friends, I believe food should be savored and enjoyed. I'll show you how to find balance with eating and exercise, remove stress around cooking and practice self-love so you can feel healthier and more confident.


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HELLO GORGEOUS

I’m so glad you found me. I'm all about celebrating LA DOLCE VITA. The sweet life is made up of long lazy meals, delicious food and great conversation. Finding joy, slowing down and savoring every mouthful and moment.

True happiness is found around the table. It’s a place you don’t age. This site is full of healthy recipes that you’ll make over and over. Quick and simple dishes made with real food.

But the secret ingredient in every recipe, is the love or amore you put into it. A home cooked meal is the best way to show friends and family you care.


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MY MISSION

I'm here to teach you how to master kitchen basics, stock your pantry and turn a big shop into a week of delicious meals that take 15 minutes or less.

Create big flavor with spices and herbs. These are calorie free flavor weapons. I'll show you how to give your food a passport to travel around the world without ever leaving your kitchen.

And no, I am not some fancy chef. 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'll teach you to taste your way to the perfect dish.


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DELIZOSO

In case you haven’t guessed it, I’m Melissa. The kitchen is the heart of my home.

I love the sizzle of a good steak and the smell of garlic and rosemary perfuming the air. I love warm crusty bread with velvety olive oil. I love bold red wine and rich dark chocolate. I love espresso so strong you can spit a hole in the sidewalk. I love to eat!

You can find me chopping, sautéing, grilling, roasting and prepping. Covered in flour, stretching and rolling my pasta dough. Crushing the tomatoes between my hands and doctoring the sauce with fresh herbs from my garden while Adrea Bocelli plays in the background.


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ENTERTAINING

My front door is always open, and my home is full of friends and good food. The table is the best place for people to laugh and connect. Entertaining doesn't have to be complicated.

I serve food family style at room temperature using large bowls and big platters so I can enjoy my guests. Presentation is important. Create rainbow colored food, because people eat with their eyes first.

And there will be disasters. I remember my first attempt at turkey. I had no clue it needed 36 hours to defrost. When we cut it open there was ice at the center. So we ordered pizza, served it on fancy plates and going forward, I bought an unfrozen bird.


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BACKSTORY

After completing my MBA I moved from South Africa to California. I spent years cooking for the biggest Hollywood studios, A list celebrities and Oscar winners. I also appeared on Food Network's “Private Chefs of Beverly Hills”.

I married my hunky South African husband Saul.  We have a magnificent and talented teenage daughter Jade, who is my entire life. Family make every day better.

We love to travel and have a huge world map dotted with pins of the places we’ve been. I eat my way through each country, and the dishes and flavors from my travels have influenced my cooking.


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BELLA ITALIA

I developed a love affair with Italy. Three years ago, I opened my gorgeous Italian cooking school "Susina Cucina" in Lucca, Italy. During the summers I teach food lovers how to create mouthwatering dishes under the Tuscan sun.

Grab your VIP backstage pass to taste and experience the real "Bella Italia". The one you won't find in a guidebook. Enjoy hands-on intimate cooking classes, luxurious accommodation, 5-star service, private yachts and tours with top local experts, chefs and sommeliers and the best food and wine of your life.

I've spent a decade crisscrossing this gorgeous country. I share my favorite secret spots so you can see Italy through the eyes of the locals... because summer memories should last a lifetime.


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PHILOSOPHY

I’m passionate about food, but I also enjoy feeling fit and energized. The goal is longevity. When I moved to America, I missed the tastes of home. So I began recreating them in my kitchen. And when I did the weight I'd been holding onto in my teens and 20's fell off without any effort.

Nutrition is key. By using fresh seasonal ingredients, you can control what you put in your body. But it's also important to nourish and feed your soul with positive energy and thoughts.

Like my Italian friends I don't count calories or even own a scale. I eat and enjoy everything. But I cook most of my meals. I aim to EAT THE RAINBOW and avoid processed food that comes out of a box, bottle or package.


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LET'S CONNECT

Join my Private Club MM community. You'll get my FREE How to Cook Masterclass with all my secrets. It’s a game changer if you want to become a pro in the kitchen.

You'll also receive my weekly newsletter with exclusive content I create just for you. And send me an email. I'd love to hear from you.

You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube. And check out my Podcast to hear amazing interviews and get inspired.

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Life is made up of one delicious moment after another...Choose yours intentionally. Flavor your life with spices that light you up!!! When you mix them all together, you’ll see you've created a recipe for the sweet life.

 

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FREE HOW TO COOK

MASTERCLASS

Become a Master Chef in your own Kitchen

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FUN FACTS

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WORK WITH ME

Being in front of a live audience is my oxygen. I love nothing more than inspiring and motivating others!


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KEY NOTE SPEAKER

If you’ve got a major conference, event, retreat or workshop planned and you’re looking for a keynote speaker, you are in the right place. Request videos and examples of my work with my amazing clients.

SPEAKING TOPICS

  1. The How to Cook MasterClass.
  2. How to Manifest anything you desire?
  3. The skinny on the Italian diet.
  4. How to add a little "La Dolce Vita" to your life?
  5. How to create a week of dinners from one shop?
  6. How to master the spice palette?
  7. How to entertain like a pro without stressing?
  8. How to cook your way to your dream body?

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HOSTING

I live to tell stories and ask questions. If you are looking for someone to host your next event or show, conduct live or taped interviews or moderate a panel, you've come to the right place. I also host a Podcast. If you think you'd be a great guest or you have a question for me, go ahead and email me.


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COLLABORATIONS

I’m glad that you are interested in collaborating with me! Looking for product reviews, recipe development or you want to do a promo or giveaway. Each project is individually planned and implemented to meet your specific goals. I only work with brands I love that add value to my audience. Let's get started and create some epic content.


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