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Meet The Chef
Meet The Chef

Chef Melissa Kelly

Chef Kelly's farm fresh regional cuisine with Mediterranean accents can be summed up best in words of one reviewer, "worth a drive from just about anywhere."

Two-time James Beard Award-winning Chef Melissa Kelly grew up on Long Island and spent countless hours in her Italian grandmother's kitchen, paying close attention to every detail in the flavors of her Southern Italy Coastal Puglian heritage. This is where her love of Mediterranean foods took hold. 

Chef Kelly was named one of the upcoming new chefs of the 90's by Food & Wine Magazine. Nation's Restaurant News, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Chocolatier, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Travel and Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Town and Country and New York Magazine, among others, have all recognized her culinary talents. 

Chef has been partners with JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes since 2003 when the property opened.