Gala Chef Q & A: Melissa Perello

Melissa Perello

Melissa Perello, Frances, San Francisco


What’s your go-to guilty-pleasure food?

Ice cream and doughnuts.


Describe the last great meal you ate.

Some memorable dishes of late: tiger salad from Mission Chinese, chicory salad with dates and crispy chicken skin at Rich Table, smoked potatoes with pickled ramp mayo at Bar Tartine,a guinea hen dumpling at State Bird Provisions, yogurt at Manka’s Inverness Lodge, and a Meyer lemon semifreddo that my pastry chef made.


What’s the dish you’re most proud of?

I like to think that I dominate in the whole soup category.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Salty buttered popcorn (homemade when possible).


What’s your earliest food memory?

My grandmother’s peanut brittle.


What do you eat for breakfast?

Does coffee count?


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Marcia "The Tablehopper" Gagliardi: Signing Off

And I’m off to Eleven, with the charming Melissa Perello (Frances). It’s been an honor to be here in New York, surrounded with such friendly, talented, gracious people. What a wonderful industry. Thanks for having me! Cheers and congrats to all--whether there is a medal around your neck, or not--because the food you create, the drinks you pour, the spaces where you host us, and the hours you work are so appreciated by all! Ciao!!

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