About Chef Melinda
My foray into the world of food exploration came in 1994 when I embarked on a 5-year journey in vegetarianism. I began trying to recreate the things I tasted in restaurants and found that cooking intuitively - with whatever was on hand - brought me great joy . Over the next decade, I honed my culinary skills in the restaurant business, while taking on small catering jobs on the side. I eventually transitioned from line cook to “chef.”
In 2006, I graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute and began working as a personal chef and caterer in New York City, followed by a 6-year stint as a corporate executive chef.
In 2013, I co-founded a gluten-free granola business NUTS & BOLTS, which I currently continue to run. (You can purchase our granola at nutsandboltsbrooklyn.com.)
Over the years I've found that I am happiest when I am creating culinary experiences that delight the senses, and also nourish the body, mind, and spirit. I experience great joy in feeding others, and that, in turn, feeds me.
I live in Brooklyn with my amazing partner and two orange cats, all of whom are very appreciative eaters!
Nuts & Bolts Brooklyn
I co-founded Nuts & Bolts as a gluten-free granola and baked goods business in 2013 because I wanted to see more delicious gluten-free treats out on the market. Everything seemed to have one good thing going, at the expense of others.
I took a "no compromises" approach, sourced the best organic ingredients - including the incomparable Crown Maple Syrup from upstate NY crownmaple.com - and settled on what I think is a perfectly balanced mouthful of deliciousness.
NUTS & BOLTS granola is not only gluten-free, but it is organic, vegan, and contains no refined sugars.
If you'd like to support us, go ahead to our site and order some granola!