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A Food Network chef + mama obsessed with Aperol spritzes, travel, and mouth watering food. I also own a gorgeous cooking school in Italy. My mission? To share the secrets of La Dolce Vita so you can create a healthy, beautiful, delicious life filled with joy!

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Two thousand dollars. That’s all the money I had when I first arrived in Los Angeles from South Africa to see if I could make my Hollywood dreams a reality.⠀

Back then I was in my 20s, I knew nobody and my parents were afraid I’d starve to death. It was an uphill battle, but along the way, my passion for food would eventually lead to great opportunities.⠀

I sat down with Dave Mendonca to discuss how I got into cooking, my time on Food Network, and cooking for Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer. 

And I discuss how I created my global community and brand. If you are an entrepreneur you will love this podcast. I also shared a lot of personal stories from my life. And my views on food and family.

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I'm Melissa, your host & tour guide.

A Food Network chef, author, mamma, eternal optimist, wannabe-mermaid, spice mixologist, and “dough therapist” (yep, it’s a thing)—

I'm also the founder of Susina Cucina, the gorgeous, Italian cooking school I manifested into my reality. I’m obsessed with Aperol spritzes, travel, and mouthwatering food… especially pizza and pasta.

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