Meet Chef Melissa Hinton



The inspiring Chef.....With a flavorful career on a stratospheric rise that is just as savory as her matchless dishes, Chef Melissa Hinton is a true food diva.

This 5-star trained food goddess is the current Private Chef to NBA Pelicans Power Forward Player Zion Williamson.

Chef served as personal Chef to former NBA Pelicans Center, Alexis Ajinca.

Melissa is the former  Executive Chef for The University of Holy Cross in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Chef Melissa is also the Chef/Owner of Chef Melissa Personal Chef Services LLC.

 Melissa has had the pleasure of serving high end clients
such as Congressman Cedric Richmond, Omarion (Millennium Tour in NOLA) & Global Head at Sundial brands,
Deon T. Jones.

In 2019, 2017 & 2016 She had the opportunity to serve up her palatable creations as a Essence Music Festival Selected Essence Eats Chef

–Essence Fest is an annual multi-day power event that attracts upwards of a half-million attendees to the Crescent City.

Melissa humbly received recognition  at the 2017 African American Lady Chef Awards in NOLA  as one of the honored Chefs.

Melissa is a culinary daughter of New Orleans who discovered at an early age that she was born hard-wired to MacGyver tasty cuisine from even the skimpiest of ingredients into masterpieces that are celebrated by locals.

Chef Melissa truly learned the art of food appeal as a station chef at one of her first gigs in the early days of the now world brand, Whole Foods Market at the age of 19.

Chef fine dining experience included working in the busy kitchens of the legendary Grill Room of Windsor Court Hotel as a kitchen supervisor.

Chef Melissa has been blessed to cook up, demonstrate & dish up some of her favorite NOLA cuisine at The Southern Food & Beverage Museum of Louisiana. 

Chef Melissa unselfishly extends her heart and talent, and pays it forward. She’s a Chef’s Chef, giving back as a culinary instructor with Jefferson Parish Recreational Department & in the community. In 2015 Chef became a fixture with the culinary team at Ursuline Academy which also opened a door to be a feature in the "Holy Smoke " section of the Clarion Herald as a featured chef.

Chef Melissa launched "Operation Freely Give" - a monthly campaign where she and her team go into the community and freely provide hot soups & New Orleans Cuisine to the homeless and less fortunate.

Chef Melissa was  featured in Purpose Vieux as a spotlight that shines a light on those who are walking in their purpose and showing love while doing so..

Chef says "I have been put in the earth realm to do exactly what I'm doing, I couldn't imagine doing anything else, I LOVE being a Chef...

Chef has  introduce to the world her 1st publication " A WHOLE LOTTA NOLA" Kids Cook book.....Chef anticipates the launch of her  seasoning line late 2019 as well as two new cookbooks “When life Gives You Lemons” & “Beaucoup”!

Chef Melissa has so many great things in store this year...stay tuned!