Chef Melissa Meyer has a passion for baking and pastry arts, as well as the hospitality industry. Melissa attended Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky, where she earned an Associate's Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts, a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management, and a Master's Degree in Business Administration.
After graduating with honors, Melissa worked at Walt Disney World in the production bakery at Hollywood Studios. There she helped make desserts and pastries for every restaurant in the park. She had the privilege to work for Pastry Chefs who have since been featured on The Food Network. After completing her Bachelor's degree, Melissa moved to California and worked at Disneyland, where she managed eight different restaurants and kitchens. She had the honor to manage many special events, her favorite being the Pirates of the Caribbean 2 World Premier which was hosted in New Orleans Square. Melissa eventually returned to Walt Disney World in Florida and worked at the Contemporary Resort where she even helped open the bar and lounge at the new Bay Lake Tower of the resort. Melissa currently teaches Baking and Hospitality classes at The Art Institute of Tampa, as she enjoys sharing her passion for the industry with others.
Melissa grew up in Ohio, but always knew she wanted to move to Florida. She now lives in the Tampa Bay area, with her husband, Greg. Melissa loves to be outside in the sunshine and some of her favorite activities include kayaking, biking riding, going to the beach, or taking the boat out on the water. Melissa enjoys traveling the world and experiencing the dining and hospitality offerings of different cultures. She has recently traveled to France, Italy, Germany, Greece, and South Africa, tasting desserts all along the way.