The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a St. Andrew's Episcopal School alumni who has demonstrated unique or significant accomplishments through professional achievement or social impact.
Melissa, a graduate of Georgetown University (MA) and University of Vermont (BA) is a celebrity chef, television host, best-selling author, and mom of four.
She is a go-to expert on affordable and healthy family home cooking. Melissa enjoyed a successful career in corporate finance and strategy before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Passionate about sharing her tried-and-true recipes and money-saving tactics, Melissa then competed on and won season five of "Food Network Star." She soon became well known for "Ten Dollar Dinners" - her popular Food Network show and New York Times bestselling cookbook. Available now, Melissa's highly anticipated second cookbook, "Supermarket Healthy," proves healthy eating can be easy, affordable, and achievable with ingredients from the neighborhood grocery store.
Today Melissa can also be found serving as a regular judge on the hit Food Network primetime series "Guy's Grocery Games;" writing the nationally syndicated weekly "Healthy Plate" column for The Associated Press; and hosting multiple FoodNetwork.com series, including "The Picky Eaters Project" and "Smart Carts." A sought-after expert regularly featured in national media, Melissa shares her diverse life experiences and wide-ranging expertise on topics including food and cooking, money-saving strategies, family and parenting, healthy lifestyle, business and leadership, faith, and causes close to her heart including suicide prevention and childhood hunger. She and her family live just outside San Diego. Stay in touch with Melissa on Facebook
and on her website www.melissadarabian.net