melissa

Melissa J. Rodriguez is Executive Chef at Del Posto. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America where she earned a degree in Culinary Arts, Melissa spent time cooking with Elaine Bell Catering and Oceana. In 2006, she was hired as a line cook at Daniel Boulud’s flagship Restaurant Daniel, where she quickly rose the ranks to sous chef. Melissa joined the team at Del Posto in 2011 where she was promoted to Chef de Cuisine in 2015. Two years later, she was tapped to succeed Mark Ladner as Executive Chef making her the first woman at the helm of a restaurant awarded four stars by the New York Times.

Melissa lives in Jersey City with her husband Garrett. 

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Matt Orawski

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Danielle Falcone

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