Girls on the Grind
Cooking at twelve alongside her mother is how private chef Melissa Cottingham fell in love with the culinary arts. Originally from Memphis, TN, Melisa packed up her recipes and headed to Hollywood, CA where she is currently the owner & CEO of the pop-up restaurant, Melnificent Wingz, a mixture of traditional and gourmet style chicken wings.
However, making a name for herself in and gaining elite clients didn’t come without trials and tribulation. Every Girl on the Grind has had to find a way to stay strong and overcome obstacles. Her life changed forever when her beloved mother was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer & passed away. Trying to cope in the darkest moments of her life, Melissa found strength after finding her mother’s cookbooks and hand-written recipes.
Using what she learned over the years, Chef Melnificent can prepare numerous cultural cuisines. Her skills have had graced the palates of Tracee Ellis Ross, Larenz Tate, Anthony Anderson, Shaunie O’Neal, Jenifer Lewis, and many more. With a smile and personality that can’t help but charm you, Melissa’s courageous story of triumph, strength, and love will inspire you.