Melissa d’Arabian, who lives in Kirkland (,WA) with her family, is our Next Food Network Star! This hometown hero cooked and battled her way through thousands of hopefuls ‘til the season finale. Facing off against Los Angeles’ Jeffrey Saad, she came out on top and now has her own show.
Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d’Arabian started its first season with six episodes and premiered on Sunday, August 9th at 12:30 pm. Blending culinary sophistication with her own home-style technique, Melissa promises gourmet meals at a fraction of the cost. She covers a lot of ground with her tried-and-true recipes from Moroccan and Parisian fare to revamping Pork & Beans. With the mantra of “four people, ten bucks, infinite possibilities,” how can you go wrong that! Click here for some of Melissa’s great recipes and clips from the show and be sure to tune in… The show will continue in January for the next season.
Growing up, she lived with her mother and sister in Tuscon, Arizona where she learned about budget-conscious cooking – life lessons that stuck with her. While earning her MBA from Georgetown University in 1993 (I’m still saying WOW!!!!), she even worked several jobs to pay herself through business school, including working as a live-in cook for a family of seven.
This stay-at-home wife and mother of four continues to be passionate about food and all of her life’s experiences. She blends her varied culinary adventures, business background, and life’s experiences to provide food lifestyle solutions and simple recipes for all walks of life. To her, it’s not about what goes on the plate, but who the plate goes to.