Melissa King

Melissa King is an accomplished chef, advocate, and entrepreneur. Melissa’s a judge on Top Chef: Season 18, was the Top Chef: All-Stars Season 17 winner, and has won the most challenges in the show’s history. Known for her blend of California cuisine with Asian flavors, Melissa was recognized as “one of the best female chefs in San Francisco” and a “40 under 40: Rising Star”.

With over 15 years in the industry, she’s helmed Michelin starred kitchens under names such as Dominique Crenn and Ron Siegel. Melissa leads virtual cooking classes, creates small-batch sauces, and designs unique ice cream flavors with Humphry Slocombe.

Melissa’s a proud Chinese-American using her platform to advocate. Through her Top Chef Fan-Favorite award and proceeds from classes, Melissa raised over $20K benefiting The Trevor Project, The Okra Project, Asian Youth Center, and more. She’s featured in GAP’s 2021 Spring campaign celebrating diversity. Visit